Written statement to Parliament

Establishment of the Oil and Gas Authority

Written Ministerial Statement by Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State.

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The Oil & Gas Authority launched a new website on 3 October 2016 to reflect its new status as a government company.

This formalises the transfer of the Secretary of State’s regulatory powers in respect of oil and gas to the OGA, and grants it new powers. This website will no longer be updated. Visitors should refer to www.ogauthority.co.uk

The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP

I wish to inform the House that on 1 April 2015, whilst Parliament was prorogued, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”) established the United Kingdom’s new arms’-length oil and gas regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”).

Founding the OGA as an Executive Agency of DECC, represents a critical step in implementing the recommendations contained in Sir Ian Wood’s 2014 report (“Wood Review”) into maximising economic recovery from the United Kingdom’s Continental Shelf (“UKCS”).

Subject to the passage of legislation in this Session of Parliament, I expect the OGA to transition from an Executive Agency of DECC to a Government-owned company.

Published 17 June 2015