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Exploration & production



  • Wells

    wheel and pipe of oil wellUse the Well Data Search Tool to find basic information about wells on the UK Continental Shelf, and read about the approval process for well operations. 

    This section also offers access to data on drilling activity by year and by basin, and stratiography and lithology data released four years in arrears.   

  • Fields and field development

    plans, ruler, glasses, calculator and hard hat on a tableInformation and data about field development on the UK Continental Shelf, covering the legislative framework and field determination process, guidance and documents for operators creating a field development plan, and information about trans-boundary oil and gas fields. 

    You'll also find a list of all DECC field partners and details of their equity holding, and a tool to search through information about all fields licensed in the UK. 

  • Onshore

    onshore drilling rigOperators looking to relinquish their licence must provide a minimum notice and complete a relinquishment report. There are two ways a licensee can give up acreage, but also two restrictions on their right to relinquish.  

    Information and guidance related to onshore exploration and production, including a map displaying onshore licence coordinates and corresponding quadrants, and updates on the latest licensing round.

  • Pipelines

    two pipelinesDownloadable guidance documents to assist pipeline promoters on issues relating to legislation, decommissioning, disused pipelines, flaring and venting, and pipelines work authorisations.

    You can also download a spreadsheet detailing the length, diameter, operator, starting and ending locations, and commission date for all UK pipelines.

  • Decommissioning

    crane lifting a ladderDecommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations and pipelines is regulated by DECC utilising legislation under the Petroleum Act 1998.

    Here you will find an overview of the role DECC plays in decommissioning, including information and guidance on the process and the role and content of a decommissioning programme.

  • Infrastructure

    man on installation infrastructure at sunriseAccess to information and guidance on the legislation in place with regard to oil and gas installation infrastructure.

    This includes advice for resolving access disputes as well as the final text of the UK/Norway Framework Agreement.





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