The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has joined the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) on Hypo-Lias exploration campaign in the southern North Sea to identify hydrocarbon potential of Jurassic rock formations.

This research project is a part of the Dutch TKI Upstream Gas programme sponsored by EBN, NAM and Statoil.

OGA principal regional geologist Jo Bagguley said: “The OGA is committed to promoting exploration opportunities in the UK through both regional and targeted approaches.

“The Hypo-Lias project enables us to collaborate with our Dutch colleagues and share cross-border learnings.

“The results of the UK part of the Hypo-Lias project will complement the seismic data that has been acquired by the OGA in the South-West Britain and East Shetland Platform areas.

“This will further our understanding of the exploration potential in these frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf.”

"This will further our understanding of the exploration potential in these frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf."

Platform areas being studied were also the subject of the UK government's 2016 seismic acquisition project.

TNO business development manager for exploration Friso Veenstra said: “We are delighted to see OGA joining the project, which is an illustration of the quality and value of the exploration research work done within TNO’s Applied Geosciences team.

“As a result of OGA’s contribution, the Hypo-Lias project will have a greater and more immediate impact.”

Hypo-Lias project includes the Netherlands, parts of Norway, the UK and Denmark.

Through OGA joining the project, Hypo-Lias further extends its collaborative reach.

Outcomes from the research sponsored by the OGA will become publicly available after completion, bolstering future joint research opportunities with a consistent focus on sustainable and competitive offshore gas exploration and production.