Measurement of petroleum

Measurement of petroleum

DECC's Petroleum Measurement & Allocation Team is responsible for ensuring UK licensees continue to follow 'good oilfield practice' in the measurement of all petroleum won and saved from licensed areas in the UK and on the UK Continental Shelf. DECC's measurement guidelines help define what is meant by good oilfield practice for typical North Sea applications.

A method of measurements must be pre-agreed with DECC for new field developments or modifications to the measurement method used in existing fields. See Petroleum Operations Notice 6 for information about the procedure for notifying DECC.

Inspectors routinely visit offshore installations and onshore terminals to ensure agreed practices are being followed.

The Head of Petroleum Measurement & Allocation is responsible for preparing measurement guidelines. 

In recent years there has been a sharp increase in the rate of development of cross-border fields in the North Sea. The UK Government has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Norway.

Petroleum Measurement & Allocation Team

This team reports through Simon Toole, Head of the Licensing, Exploration and Development branch. Field responsibilities within the Petroleum Measurement & Allocation Team are split on the basis of relevant transportation systems and terminals, as follows:

Douglas Griffin
Head of Petroleum Measurement & Allocation
+44 (0)1224 254063
Offshore loading systems and relevant terminals
Onshore oil and gas fields

Tony Nichols
Senior Petroleum Measurement & Allocation Inspector
+44 (0)1224 254062
Sage St. Fergus (Exxon Mobil)
Forties Pipeline System – Kinneil, Dalmeny
Shell Bacton
Perenco Bacton
Eni Bacton
CATS – Teesside 

Alan W. Mankin
Senior Petroleum Measurement & Allocation Inspector
+44 (0)1224 254090
Frigg Transportation System – Total St. Fergus
SEGAL Pipeline System – Shell St. Fergus
Ninian/Brent – Sullom Voe COLMS
Flotta Pipeline System
Norpipe & Ekofisk Terminal (Teesside)
N&S Morecambe
Point of Ayr


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