The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded four contracts with a combined value of more than £6 million over three years for surface and sub-surface studies to improve exploration, development, production, late-life planning and decommissioning in the North Sea.
Lloyd’s Register, Schlumberger, and the British Geological Survey are the successful bidders for the contracts, all of which have a three-year term.
Gunther Newcombe, OGA Exploration, Production and Decommissioning Director, said: “In order to achieve our 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, we seek 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.”
Lloyd’s Register has been awarded two of the four contracts to provide regional exploration maps and regional and field support engineering services to the OGA.
BGS will provide geoscience project services that aid the identification, definition and quantification of leads and prospects and provide input data to the calculation of undiscovered resource volumes.
Schlumberger will provide OGA with subsurface studies and reservoir evaluation services.
These contracts replace the Oil & Gas Maximising Recovery Programme (OGMRP) contracts.
Meanwhile, the OGA has begun publishing a series of guides setting the strategic direction of how the OGA and industry will work together to maximise economic recovery (MER) from the North Sea, including; –
- The OGA Decommissioning Strategy
- The OGA Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Strategy
The Data Strategy, Technology Strategy, Supply Chain Strategy, Exploration Strategy and Asset Stewardship Strategy documents are due to be released later this summer.
The OGA recently launched the 29th Offshore Licensing Round with more than 1200 blocks on offer. Applications must be submitted before 2pm on 26 October 2016: –