OGA awards Heriot-Watt grant for North Sea frontier study

Offshore staff

EDINBURGH, UKHeriot-Watt’s School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society has secured a £0.25-million ($0.36-million) grant from Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

This will support research to evaluate the geological structure and hydrocarbon prospectivity of the western platform and Mid North Sea High areas of the UK central North Sea, and is the first such award issued by the regulatory body as part of its “Frontier Basins” research initiative. 

Heriot-Watt’s Professor John Underhill said the university’s recent successful bid to house the OGA’s 3D Visualization Suite in the Lyell Centre at its Edinburgh campus proved a helpful factor.

“The state-of-the-art equipment will help better interpret complex geological and engineering data and the open access facility will support the dissemination of data and analytical tools to academia and industry alike.”


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Mid North Sea High geological exploration by Heriot-Watt University funded by OGA
(Courtesy Oil & Gas Authority)

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