Oil and gas – guidance

Oil and gas: offshore maps and GIS shapefiles

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

On 1st April 2015 certain functions passed from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) a newly created Executive Agency of DECC

Maps

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 14 April 2015)

N.B. The URL for the quadrant maps has changed

UKCS infrastructure wallmap showing oil and gas activity (updated 01 April 2015)

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Current Licensing Position 28th Round (updated 01 April 2015)

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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 in the UK’s Territorial Sea and its designated Continental Shell (“the offshore area”). This includes those areas already under licence and those areas that are on offer in the OGA’s licensing Rounds.

The Crown Estate interests

The Crown Estate Agreements including Leases, Licences, 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 or plan to gain a licence to check whether there may be a potential area conflict with another rights holder. This could involve a physical overlap between a petroleum licence and a Crown Estate agreement or it could be a potential conflict if the areas are adjoining or in close proximity to each other (e.g. a helicopter zone may overlap with a Crown Estate lease).

Petroleum licence holders are strongly advised to contact the other rights holder(s) at the earliest opportunity to discuss and resolve any potential conflicts. In addition to this, if the licence sits within or partially within the 12 nautical mile territorial limit, licence holders must also contact The Crown Estate in order to be granted an agreement for seabed rights.

Further details are available on The Crown Estate web

Petroleum licence holders can contact The Crown Estate at oilandgasenquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk or on 020 7851 5343 with general or specific questions.

TCE Leases and OG Licences (updated 01 April 2015)

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Oil and Gas Clause in Crown Estate leases

Under the terms of Crown Estate offshore renewable leases and agreements for lease, The Crown Estate may determine (i.e. terminate) the lease or agreement for lease in whole or part, following a request from the Secretary of State, for the purposes of allowing an oil or gas development to proceed. This is known as the “oil and gas clause”.

Where it emerges that the plans of an oil or gas developer and those of an offshore renewables developer may be in conflict, the parties are expected to make every reasonable effort to reach a commercial agreement at the earliest stage. The Secretary of State has made clear that he will only request that The Crown Estate determine a lease or agreement for lease after appropriate compensation has been paid by an oil or gas developer to the affected offshore renewable developer(s), or after a binding agreement has been entered with an oil or gas developer to pay such compensation. Read the Secretary of State’s Written Statement to Parliament.

Where the oil or gas developer and the offshore renewables developer are unable to reach a commercial agreement on compensation and the determination of the lease or agreement for lease is necessary for the oil or gas development to go ahead, the oil or gas developer can make an application to the Secretary of State to appoint an independent valuer to assess the appropriate level of compensation. Guidance on the procedure is available below.

Guidance on the procedures for independent valuation where necessary

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Offshore GIS Data

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’.

28th Round

Description    
First Tranche of blocks awarded during the 28th Round Shapefile KML
Blocks offered for the 28th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing on the 28/01/2014 Shapefile KML
Blocks that have been relinquished since the start of the 28th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing Shapefile KML

27th Round

Description    
Blocks for which applications were received during the 27th Round Shapefile KML
Blocks offered for the 27th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing on the 01/02/2012 Shapefile KML
Blocks that have been relinquished during the 27th Round of Oil and Gas Licensing Shapefile KML
First Tranche of blocks awarded during the 27th Round Shapefile KML
Second Tranche of blocks awarded during the 27th Round Shapefile KML

Current UKCS data (updated 14 April 2015)

Description    
All offshore data Shapefile KML
Simple coastline of the UK and surrounding European nations Shapefile KML
Blocks considered fallow with no significant activity for 3 years Shapefile KML
Discoveries considered fallow with no significant activity for 3 years Shapefile KML
Blocks where current licences are not progressing towards any activity Shapefile KML
Discoveries where current licences are not progressing towards any activity Shapefile KML
Taxation boundaries of offshore hydrocarbon fields on the UKCS Shapefile KML
Major geological basins on the UKCS Shapefile KML
Sub geological basins on the UKCS Shapefile KML
Hydrocarbon fields on the UKCS – not an accurate reflection of reservoir boundaries Shapefile KML
Grid of licences only – taken directly from the Energy Portal Shapefile KML
Grid of all licensed and unlicensed blocks on the UKCS – Intend as a guide. Shapefile KML
Grid of licensed blocks only – taken directly from the Energy Portal Shapefile KML
Extent of UKCS – Does not contain definitive legal boundaries Shapefile KML
Grid of DECC quadrants (1 degree by 1 degree) across the UKCS Shapefile KML
Boundary for the application of English and Scottish civil law in relation to offshore renewable energy installations Shapefile KML
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) areas. Areas considered for environmental protection and suitable development Shapefile KML
Discoveries identified as ‘significant’ by DECC in terms of flow rate. Does not indicate commercial potential, but identifies those with an approved or in production field development plan 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 offshore wells Shapefile KML
Pipelines Not maintained by the OGA – See UK Oil and Gas Data for shapefile    
Wind Farm Areas Not maintained by the OGA – See The Crown Estate for shapefile    

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