April 4, 2016

In response to Oil and Gas Authority’s announcement today (April 4 ) that it has begun the release of data from the successful 2015 Government-funded seismic shoot in the Rockall Trough and Mid-North Sea High regions, Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said:

“We welcome the news that the Oil and Gas Authority is now releasing into the public domain the substantial volume of seismic data from the UK government-funded surveys. This marks a milestone in the collective efforts to re-energise exploration activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The OGA is publishing the data via the UKOilandGasData.com portal, the industry’s shared data management service operated by Common Data Access (CDA), a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK.

“There is a comprehensive array of information available, including both newly acquired and legacy seismic data plus gravity and magnetic maps and well data. It represents a new dimension in both the quantity and quality of subsurface data available in these frontier areas, which should help stimulate further interest in the forthcoming 29th Licence Round. Record numbers of organisations both in the UKCS and overseas have already registered an interest in downloading the data and it is a testament to the focus and hard work of many individuals that the project has been delivered so effectively.

“The industry recognises the government’s commitment to stimulating exploration in the UKCS, where we believe billions of barrels of oil and gas are yet to be recovered. The government is making an additional £20 million available to fund new seismic data acquisition this year for release in 2017 and this is also very much to be welcomed. The industry is working with the OGA to help identify the priority areas where the new data should be acquired.  The results from these surveys will again be made available to the wider industry and academia.”

Malcolm Fleming, CDA’s chief executive, said:

“CDA was set up by industry in 1995 as a collaborative initiative to provide on-line services for the secure storage, controlled sharing and release of UKCS well and seismic data. CDA’s UKOilandGasData portal provides the ideal platform for delivering the OGA seismic data packages to exploration companies and other parties, swiftly and cost-effectively, anywhere in the world.”

More information about the OGA’s seismic data release is available here.

Details about obtaining offshore seismic data is available at UKOilandGasData.com or here


Note to Editors

For Oil & Gas UK media enquiries, please contact Lucy Gordon at lgordon@oilandgasuk.co.uk or 01224 577331.

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership, which comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies, now numbers more than 450.

Common Data Access (CDA) is an operating subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, set up in 1995 to provide cost-effective data management services to its members and to the UK oil industry in general.  It currently has 80 members.  The CDA web portal is at www.UKOilandGasData.com.