OGA offers data for mature-area licensing

The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has announced measures to make data openly available and boost interest in the 30th Offshore Licensing Round, which it has not yet launched.

The round will focus on mature areas of the UK Continental Shelf, some of which haven’t been offered for licensing in more than 40 years.

The OGA plans a “technology showcase event” in Aberdeen the week of Aug. 21 to cover subjects important to the economic development of marginal fields. Subjects include seismic methods, well construction, subsea tie-backs, and “efficient stand-alone facility concepts.”

The authority also is making freely available subsurface data packages for about 140 relinquished discoveries, including well and seismic data, well tops, and selected seismic images.

It’s offering “technical montages” for 60 discoveries, including history, static and dynamic information, and digital subsurface data to be used in interpretation software.

And it’s offering interactive maps showing undeveloped discoveries and all license relinquishments since 2014.

The OGA said it is preparing to publish exploration-focused datasets, including UKCS-wide satellite gravity data, regional geological maps and associated databases covering the Central North Sea and Moray Firth, joined digital well logs, and several geological databases including core analysis and pressure data.

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