OGA: New offshore oil and gas exploration licenses awarded

The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has announced the remaining winners from the country's 28th Offshore Licensing Round.

The 41 new licenses awarded July 27, in addition to the 134 confirmed in late 2014, make this one of the largest rounds in the five decades since the first licensing round took place in 1964 – a total of 175 licenses covering 353 blocks.

The 28th Offshore Licensing Round was launched on Jan. 24, 2014, and a total of 173 applications were received. The main tranche of awards was announced on Nov. 6, 2014, and the July 27 awards have been confirmed following additional environmental assessment and consultation.

Details of the offers made can be viewed on the OGA website’s Licensing Rounds page. These awards are conditional on compliance with the Offshore Safety Directive Regulations.

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