UK’s regulator Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded four contracts for surface and subsurface studies to improve understanding by integrating exploration, development, production, late-life planning and decommissioning in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The contracts, which have a combined value of over £6m, have been awarded to Lloyd’s Register, British Geological Survey (BGS) and Schlumberger.

OGA exploration, production and decommissioning director Gunther Newcombe said: “In order to fulfil OGA’s goal to maximise economic value of the UKCS, it is vital we can independently assess remaining undiscovered resources and improve our geotechnical understanding.

“In addition, OGA is seeking to drive regional development and protect critical infrastructure while promoting the best application of new technologies.”

Lloyd’s Register has secured two contracts to provide regional exploration maps as well as regional and field support engineering services to the OGA.

The company’s technical expertise and productivity strategies will help OGA work towards its goal of increasing the economic recovery of the oil and gas reserves in the UKCS.

Lloyd's Register consulting director Phil Edwards said: "OGA are tasked with maximising the economic recovery of the UKCS's oil and gas reserves, and the objective of these contracts are to provide technical expertise and support to the OGA to allow them to achieve this goal."

"OGA is seeking to drive regional development and protect critical infrastructure while promoting the best application of new technologies."

"Our work will involve collaborating with OGA decision makers to develop long term high-level strategies for managing the UK offshore basins."

BGS’ geoscience project services will facilitate the identification, definition and quantification of leads and prospects, and also provide input data to the calculation of undiscovered resource volumes in UKCS.

OGA also awarded a contract to Schlumberger for the provision of subsurface studies and reservoir evaluation services.


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