Oil and gas – guidance

Oil and gas: onshore maps and GIS shapefiles

Maps showing onshore licence areas around the UK and shapefiles generated in GIS (Geographic Information System).

Overview

Maps and Geographic data showing information relevant onshore licensing of the oil and gas industry. All our onshore maps and data is held and created using the British National Grid.

Current fields and licences wall map

Wallmap displaying current fields and licences (updated 01 September 2016)

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Interactive map

This interactive map has been produced by the OGA to assist companies and members of the public with information that will help understand oil and gas exploration and production activity onshore in Great Britain including those areas already under licence and those areas that are on offer in the OGA’s licensing Rounds.

Onshore GIS data

Our data is provided in Shapefile and KML format. This allows our data to be used with a wide variety of software and applications. It is updated on a weekly basis.

We also offer a Web Feature Service (WFS) hosted with ESRI using their REST specification. If you would like more information about this please e-mail john.seabourn@oga.gsi.gov.uk.

To use the KML files copy and paste the link into your mapping software e.g. Google earth or if you’d prefer to download to your system right click and ‘save target as’.

14th Onshore Round

Description    
Blocks which will be formally offered to companies for award in the 14th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing on the 17/12/2015 Shapefile KML
Blocks offered for the 14th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing on the 28/07/2014 Shapefile KML

Current Onshore Data (updated 22 August 2016)

Description    
All onshore data Shapefile KML
Surface locations of vents recovering gas from mine workings for safety of power generation Shapefile KML
Simple coastline of the UK and surrounding European nations Shapefile KML
Taxation boundaries of onshore hydrocarbon fields Shapefile KML
Hydrocarbon fields on the UK mainland – not an accurate reflection of reservoir boundaries Shapefile KML
Grid of licences only – taken directly from the Energy Portal Shapefile KML
Grid of licensed blocks only – taken directly from the Energy Portal Shapefile KML
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) areas. Areas considered for environmental protection and suitable development Shapefile KML
Grid of licence Sub Areas – taken directly from the Energy Portal. (Contains all information on Operators, Administrators and Equity) Shapefile KML
Surface Location of all UK onshore wells – Generated from excel spreadsheet at Onshore Exploration and Production Shapefile KML

Historical maps and data

These maps are provided for general interest only, their accuracy cannot be guaranteed as they are approximated from previous documents and maps.

Licensed areas as at 28/02/1969

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Description    
Licensed areas as at 28/02/1969 Shapefile  
Mining Licences as at 1969 Shapefile  
Exploration licences awarded up to 1979 Shapefile  
Production licences awarded up to 1979 Shapefile  

Mapping

Onshore licence coordinates are defined using the National Grid referencing system, which is a metric grid on a Transverse Mercator projection. National Grid coordinates are expressed as distances measured in metres east and north from the grid origin, which is located west of the Isles of Scilly. The National Grid defines a series of 100km by 100km squares, each of which is further subdivided into 10km by 10km squares. The 100km by 100km squares are identified by two letters, e.g. SE or TL. The 10km by 10km squares are identified by the letters of the 100km by 100km square within which they lie, plus a number from 00 to 99 as follows:

09 19 29 39 49 59 69 79 89 99
08 18 28 38 48 58 68 78 88 98
07 17 27 37 47 57 67 77 87 97
06 16 26 36 46 56 66 76 86 96
05 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 85 95
04 14 24 34 44 54 64 74 84 94
03 13 23 33 43 53 63 73 83 93
02 12 22 32 42 52 62 72 82 92
01 11 21 31 41 51 61 71 81 91
00 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Example: If this diagram showed the SE block, then square 46 would be referred to as SE46.

The OGA refers to each 10km square as a block. A licence may cover a whole block, part of a block, or several blocks or part-blocks.

The system of quadrants and blocks used in offshore licensing does extend onshore, but we only use it for well numbering (see Petroleum Operations Notice 12 for details).

Disclaimer

This data is supplied on a best effort basis only, utilising available information as provided by the original operators. While every effort is made to ensure the information is correct and up-to-date, the Department does not accept any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any nature, however caused, which may be sustained as a result of reliance upon such information.

You may re-use this information (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

To view this licence, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

If any errors are found or if you have any comments or other queries please contact:

John Seabourn
Senior Mapping and GIS Manager
Telephone: 0300 068 8138
Email: John.Seabourn@oga.gsi.gov.uk

or

Toni Harvey
Senior Geoscientist, UK Onshore
Telephone: 0300 068 6037
Email: toni.harvey@oga.gsi.gov.uk