The Oil and Gas MER UK Forum

The MER UK Forum works across government, industry and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) with the aim of maximising economic recovery of our oil and gas resources.

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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

The purpose of the Oil and Gas MER UK forum is to deliver MER UK (Maximising the Economic Recovery from the UK’s offshore oil and gas resources) and to maximise UK value from the offshore oil and gas industry as a whole.

Members include senior leaders from government, industry and the OGA. The MER UK Forum objectives are:

  • To promote dialogue between government, industry and OGA
  • To provide strategic direction, oversight and support
  • To drive alignment, accountability, action and delivery on key priorities.

Seven core work areas, essential to the long term success of the sector have been identified, these are represented by separate MER UK Boards which report to the MER UK Forum (see below for more details).


Maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s remaining oil and gas resources is vital to the continued energy security and prosperity of this country. It is estimated that these resources could approach 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Through the tripartite approach identified by Sir Ian Wood in his report 'UKCS Maximising Recovery Review: Final Report' (PDF, 6.74MB) , industry, government and the OGA will advance initiatives directed at reducing cost, eliminating barriers, improving collaborative ways of working and maximising the effectiveness of resources.

Membership and Participants

The Oil and Gas MER UK Forum is chaired by Andy Samuel, the Chief Executive of the OGA. Members of the forum include senior oil and gas industry representatives (including operators, the supply chain and trade associations), government ministers and officials, senior leaders from the OGA and trade union representation. Other participants may be invited to join the meeting as and when required by the agenda.

Secretariat functions are provided by OGA’s Communications and External Affairs team.


MER UK Boards

Seven core work areas, each essential to the long-term success of the sector, have a separate MER UK Board, each of which reports to the Oil and Gas MER UK Forum. Each MER UK Board is led by a representative from industry and they have all been tasked with delivering tangible and quantifiable results. In order to achieve this, each board has developed a strategy, priorities and plans.

The seven boards are detailed below – with a link to a one page summary which includes their objectives and membership and key relationships. Minutes from board meetings will also be added as they occur.


Revitalising exploration in the UKCS is essential to add reserves to replace production and secure longevity of the basin.

Exploration Board summary (PDF, 141KB, 1 page)

Exploration - Actions & Resolutions - 02.02.16 (PDF, 115KB, 2 pages)

Asset Stewardship

This board will work to enhance and improve asset stewardship by maximising value through improving safety, efficiency and reducing cost.

Asset Stewardship Board summary (PDF, 143KB, 1 page)

Asset Stewardship - Actions & Resolutions - 23.02.16 (PDF, 125KB, 2 pages)

Asset Stewardship - Actions & Resolutions - 6.05.15 (PDF, 130KB, 2 pages)

Regional Development and Infrastructure

It is essential that regional developments are considered holistically rather than individually. In addition it is critical for success of the sector that key infrastructure is retained and is accessible.

Regional Development and Infrastructure Board summary (PDF, 142KB, 1 page)

Regional Development and Infrastructure - Actions & Resolutions - 26.02.16 (PDF, 212KB, 4 pages)

Regional Development and Infrastructure - Actions & Resolutions - 3.06.16 (PDF, 89.5KB, 2 pages)

Cost and Efficiency

This board will be a catalyst and vehicle for pan-industry improvement in efficiency by encouraging collaboration and focusing on value-adding initiatives to create a sustainable sector.

Cost and Efficiency Board summary (PDF, 141KB, 1 page)

Efficiency Task Force, Project Update, March 2016 (PDF, 498KB, 4 pages)


New and improved technology has a key role to play in maximising recovery from the UKCS. This board will work with industry, government and stakeholders to adopt, adapt or develop oil and gas technologies, secure investments to deliver high value benefits and strengthen industry competitiveness.

Technology Board summary (PDF, 148KB, 1 page)

Technology - Actions & Resolutions - 26.01.16 (PDF, 156KB, 2 pages)


There is an opportunity to establish in the UK a global centre of expertise. A successful sector will play a significant role in minimising costs and maximising recovery through collaboration and fit for purpose lifecycle planning, policies, solutions and execution.

Decommissioning Board summary (PDF, 154KB, 1 page)

Decommissioning - Actions & Resolutions - 27.01.06 (PDF, 155KB, 1 page)

Decommissioning - Actions & Resolutions - 18.07.16 (PDF, 124KB, 3 pages)

Supply Chain, Exports and Skills Board

The UK oil and gas supply chain is a significant employer and exporter of goods, services and expertise. This board will work with industry, government and trade bodies to promote and strengthen the supply chain including exports, improving sustainability, local and global competitiveness while anchoring activities in the UK. The board will also ensure there is a sustainable pool of skilled individuals in place to support the sector.

Supply Chain, Exports and Skills Board summary (PDF, 152KB, 1 page)

Supply Chain, Exports & Skills - Actions & Resolutions - 02.02.16 (PDF, 111KB, 2 pages)

Contact details

For details about the Oil and Gas MER UK Forum and the MER UK Boards please contact:

Previous Groups

The MER UK Forum builds on, and replaces, the work of previous groups including PILOT

Published 9 February 2016