Flaring and Venting

The OGA’s offshore flaring and venting regime aims at eliminating unnecessary or wasteful flaring and venting of gas.

The OGA recognises that some flaring and venting from petroleum installation and relevant facilities is unavoidable. However, the OGA requires this flaring and venting to be kept to a technically and economically justified minimum and in order to ensure this the OGA are currently undertaking a review of the regime. 

As part of this review we have introduced performance benchmarking, which has a proven track record of delivering significant performance improvements.


In the UKCS Flaring and Venting 2020 Report, the OGA have for the first time expanded our benchmarking to the flaring and venting of greenhouse gases on the UKCS - detailing flaring and venting activity levels in the North Sea and the resulting contribution to UK oil and gas greenhouse gas emissions.


Policy Position - flaring and venting

From time to time, should a specific need arise, the OGA will publish policy positions. These are brief statements to set out or clarify the OGA’s objectives and considerations in relation to a specific issue. 

Note: The OGA is reviewing its flaring and venting policy in light of the revised OGA Strategy and wider government policy, in particular net zero