Export oil and gas: help for UK companies

Guidance for UK companies involved in the oil and gas sector on exporting overseas.

Department for International Trade (DIT) helps the UK oil and gas sector do more business internationally.

DIT helps UK companies:

  • increase their presence in overseas markets
  • overcome difficulties getting into markets
  • develop supply chain opportunities
  • partner internationally in technology innovation

We promote opportunities arising from prime contractor’s supply chains, ideally at pre-bidding stage.

We do this by:

  • promoting the industry overseas through our embassies and High Commissions
  • developing relationships with the International Oil Companies (IOCs), National Oil Companies (NOCs) and independent oil and gas companies
  • working with UK based Tier One contractors to position UK supply chain companies effectively for future export opportunities
  • introducing companies to potential partners to enable them to access more challenging markets with local content criteria


DIT provides free international export sales leads from its worldwide network. Find oil and gas export opportunities on

DIT has identified oil and gas international high value opportunities, which potentially offer UK companies access to over £8 billion of opportunities up to 2018.

There are currently opportunities in a number of markets including:

For a full list of our high value campaigns or to receive more information please contact

Contact DIT

We’d like to hear from companies in the oil and gas sector wanting to grow their business overseas. Sign up to meet with a trade adviser.

Find out about DIT services for exporters.

Oil and gas events

Contact to receive a full list of upcoming oil and gas events.


You may need some form of credit guarantee or insurance to protect you against non-payment or other financial issues in certain markets.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) can provide extra capital to finance large projects and help grow businesses. Watch our videos on the help UKEF can give on trade finance and managing payment risk.

Our case study shows how subsea cable company JDR Cables used UKEF’s Export Working Capital Scheme to obtain finance.

JDR Cables uses Export Working Capital Scheme

Trade Associations

Find oil and gas sector trade associations on the Trade Association Forum.


Published 24 September 2014
Last updated 11 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated text with opportunities added.
  2. Update of how UKTI can help section.
  3. Updated Events section.
  4. Updated section on Offshore Europe 2015
  5. Azerbaijan HVO added to list of opportunities.
  6. First published.