The MER UK Forum was set up to bring together government, industry and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to deliver a programme of work to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf (MER UK) and maximise the UK value from the oil and gas industry as a whole.

The MER UK Forum has eight core work areas each of which is overseen by an industry-led board, with tripartite support. Each board has a five-year plan and three key priorities for each year. The work areas are:

  • Exploration
  • Asset Stewardship
  • Regional development and infrastructure
  • Cost and efficiency
  • Technology
  • Decommissioning
  • Supply chain and exports
  • Skills

Oil & Gas UK leads the cost and efficiency board on behalf of industry.

The MER UK Forum replaced PILOT and the Industry Council in 2015.