UKSC: 31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round awards

UKSC: 31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round awards

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has offered for award 4 licences to 3 companies in the 2019 31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round, which closed for applications in May 2019.

Eleven blocks were originally on offer in this Supplementary Round, focused on the Greater Buchan Area of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

For the first time, the OGA linked a licencing round offer with an Area Plan. The application process included a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their wider area plan development concepts and to seek other applicants to collaborate with.

This supplementary round offered blocks under flexible terms, which has enabled applicants to define a licence duration and phasing that will allow them to execute the optimal MER UK work programme.

4 applications covering 5 blocks were received and the OGA is now making offers of award in respect of 4 licences covering the 5 blocks.

Two of the awards are for work programmes that will proceed straight to Second Term, i.e. for potential developments or re-developments of fields, where production has ceased, and the acreage has been relinquished. The other 2 awards are for the Initial Term (exploration stage).

Scott Robertson, CNS Area manager, said: “From bringing together interested parties at an early stage to releasing extensive digital data in advance of the licence round, the OGA sought to facilitate a common understanding and industry collaboration. The resulting commendable level of engagement between operators and high-quality applications enabled us to make awards confident that the right assets are going to be in the right hands to deliver the optimal MER development of the Greater Buchan area.”

The awards were made to: 

Block 14/30b – Talon/ONE-Dyas

Block 20/4c and Blocks 20/5d & 21/1a – Jersey Oil and Gas

Block 21/2a – Decipher Developments

31st Supplementary Offshore Licensing Round awards. Source: OGA