The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has announced new measures aimed at making data openly available and to stimulate interest in the UK North Sea in advance of the 30th offshore licensing round.
The 30th round will focus on more mature areas, some of which were last offered for licensing more than 40 years ago, and is expected to be the most significant in recent decades.
The OGA’s new measures include a series of freely available subsurface data packages for about 140 relinquished discoveries, including well and seismic information, well tops and selected seismic images.
They also include technical montages for 60 discoveries, including their history and other key information.
In addition, there will be a new technology event in Aberdeen in August, jointly hosted with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and interactive maps showing undeveloped discoveries and all licence relinquishments since 2014.
The technology showcase event will focus on how technology can help unlock these future oil and gas developments in the 30th round.
It will bring operators, prospective investors and technology developers together at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre the week starting August 21, and will cover technology areas that are critical for the economic development of marginal fields.
The OGA is also preparing a number of exploration focused data sets for public release.
Operations director Gunther Newcombe said: “We know that more than 3billion barrels of oil equivalent remain in approximately 350 undeveloped discoveries across the UKCS (UK continental shelf).
“Data and technology are key to unlocking as many of these undeveloped discoveries as possible. That’s why we’re making this data openly available; to provide useful insights into each discovery and the potential these may hold.
“We want to see swift deployment of technology to help unlock many of these discoveries which is why we have also launched, in partnership with the OGTC, a technology event in August to bring operators and technology providers together with the 30th offshore licensing round and beyond very much in mind.”