26th Round

26th Round - closed 28 April 2010

The 26th Seaward Licensing Round, which closed on 28 April 2010, resulted in a first tranche of offered awards of 144 licences to extract oil and gas from UK waters – covering 268 blocks. This offer of awards was announced on the 27th October 2010.

On the 30th December 2011 a second tranche of 46 licences covering 110 blocks has been offered. These offers were previously held back pending the need for further assessment on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs)

Full details of the round can be found below: 

Information and guidance

First Tranche of offers

Second tranche of offers


Maps of seaward acreage OfferED

first tranche of offers

Second tranche of offers


Other information





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