OGA releases almost 40,000 line km of North Sea mapping data

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK
Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has released almost 40,000 line kilometres of new and legacy seismic data from the Rockall Trough and Mid-North Sea High areas acquired during last year’s £20 million Government-funded seismic survey.

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.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK, said: “This marks a milestone in the collective efforts to re-energise exploration activity on the UK Continental Shelf.

“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, Chief Executive, CDA, said: “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.”

CDA was set up by the industry in 1995 as a collaborative initiative to provide online services for the secure storage, controlled sharing and release of UKCS well and seismic data.

The data has been published under the Open Government Licence, and is available for download and to order on media from www.ukoilandgasdata.com.

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