UK Oil and Gas operators commission new digital ‘road map’ to boost North Sea exploration

Oil & Gas UK has launched a new project to stimulate more North Sea exploration by commissioning a new study to produce a 21st-century oil drilling ‘road map’ – a digital perspective of petroleum geology.

Oonagh Werngren
Oonagh Werngren

Oonagh Werngren, Operations Director, Oil & Gas UK, explained: “The main aim of the 21st Century Exploration Road Map is to contribute to improving exploration success and combat the 50% drop in the number of wells drilled.”

The outcome of the preliminary study will provide industry with the specifications for a subsequent implementation project to deliver an on-line, more dynamic source of digital geological maps summarising current subsurface understanding and the hydrocarbon resources potential within key areas of the UKCS.

Werngren added: “The project is one of several being driven by the PILOT Exploration Task Force, which works together with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), to revitalise exploration and ensure the economic recovery of oil and gas resources from the UKCS.

“It aligns with the recommendations put forward by the recent Wood Review, which identifies the urgent need to evaluate new and unexplored reserves and create an up-to-date perspective of the geology of the UKCS together with tools to ensure more effective sharing, and updating, of data across the industry.”

Oil & Gas UK’s fellow  stakeholders supporting the initiative include DECC, the British Geological Survey (BGS), The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Common Data Access (CDA), exploration companies, operators and firms providing offshore services.

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