The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has handed out four contracts worth more than £6million in total for studies intended to aid exploration, production and decommissioning on the UK continental shelf (UKCS).
Technical services organisation Lloyd’s Register, which secured two of the four deals, will supply the regulator with exploration maps and field support engineering.
British Geological Survey will provide geoscience project services and data to help uncover and measure the scale of new resources.
And US oilfield service firm Schlumberger will carry out subsurface studies and reservoir evaluation services.
All four contracts run for three years.
Gunther Newcombe, exploration, production and decommissioning director at OGA, said: “In order to fulfil OGA’s goal to maximise economic value of the UKCS, it is vital we can independently assess remaining undiscovered resources and improve our geotechnical understanding.
“In addition, OGA is seeking to drive regional development and protect critical infrastructure while promoting the best application of new technologies.
“The award of these contracts provides a valuable, additional technical resource to the OGA’s exploration, production and decommissioning team.”