Maps showing offshore licence areas around the UK and shapefiles generated in GIS (Geographic Information System).
You can access a digital map of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) oil and gas activity by individual quadrant , showing the licensed areas, and below it pop-up detailed maps of each of the quadrants that contain licensed areas (updated 01 April 2014).
Other maps of the UKCS
In place Crown Estate Leases, Agreements for Lease and Search Areas (overlaying UKCS Petroleum Licensing Blocks)
This map is designed to assist petroleum licence holders to identify any area conflicts that their petroleum licences have with other users of the sea that have been granted rights by The Crown Estate.
Petroleum licence holders should identify any blocks where they hold a licence to check whether there may be a potential area conflict with a The Crown Estate rights holder. This could involve a physical overlap between a petroleum licence and The Crown Estate lease, etc or potential conflict as the areas are adjoining or near to each other (e.g. a helicopter zone may overlap with The Crown Estate lease, etc).
Petroleum licence holders are strongly advised to contact the other right holder(s) at the earliest opportunity to discuss and resolve any potential conflicts.
Further details are available on The Crown Estate web
Petroleum licence holders can contact The Crown Estate at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7851 5343with general or specific questions.
27th round of offshore licensing
27th round of offshore licensing - Second Tranche
Offshore GIS shapefiles
The shapefiles below are constructed by connecting GCS coordinates with a straight line rather than a geodetic arc (takes into account the curvature of the earth). They are therefore not suitable for defining legal boundaries or measuring areas.
|Shapefiles||What it covers||Last updated|
|extent of the UKCS - intended as a guide to offshore licensing. Does not contain definitive legal boundaries||01 April 2014|
|oil, gas and condensate fields on the UKCS – indicates hydrocarbons only, not an accurate reflection of reservoir boundaries||01 April 2014|
|low-resolution coastline of mainland Britain||-|
|1 degree x 1 degree grid of the UKCS||-|
|grid of blocks and part blocks displaying licensed areas – intended as a guide, does not contain definitive legal boundaries. Download sub-area blocks shapefile or visit Licenses page of site for further details on operators||01 April 2014|
|taxation boundary that determines a hydrocarbon field||01 April 2014|
|surface locations of all UK offshore wells||01 April 2014|
|areas considered for environmental protection and suitable development||-|
|discoveries identified by DECC as "significant" in terms of flow rate. Does not indicate commercial potential, but identifies those with an approved or in-production field development plan||01 April 2014|
|boundary line for application of English and Scottish civil and criminal law to offshore renewable energy installations||16 September 2009|
|grid of blocks and part blocks displaying operator and equity details – intended as a guide, does not contain definitive legal boundaries||01 April 2014|
|grid of all licensed and unlicensed blocks - intended as a guide, does not contain definitive legal boundaries||01 April 2014|
|most recent listing of fallow blocks and discoveries||08 April 2013|
|Geological Basins||& Geological Basins||31 July 2013|
|Pipelines||not maintained by DECC – see UK Oil and Gas Data for shapefile||-|
|Wind Farm areas||not maintained by DECC – see Crown Estate for shapefile||-|
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.
If any errors are found or if you have any comments or other queries please contact:
Telephone: 0300 068 8138 Email: John.Seabourn@decc.gsi.gov.uk