In 2016 the OGA published a data strategy for the UKCS. This strategy is to leverage legacy systems and existing industry resources to transform the collection, storage, analysis and publication of data across the oil and gas lifecycle.

Additionally, in 2016 and 2017 the OGA commenced new data regulations under the Energy Act 2016. These were:

·         The power to request information and samples under section 34 of the Energy Act

·         The requirement to appoint an Information and Samples Coordinator (ISC)

·         The requirement to submit Information and Samples Plans (ISPs) in connection with certain licence events.

Also in 2017, it consulted on new regulations for the retention and disclosure of Information and Samples. These regulations were laid before Parliament and commenced in 2018.

Further Reading:

2017 consultation on proposed retention and disclosure regulations

2018 consultation response

The Energy Act 2016 is available here

Regulations on retention of information and samples

Regulations on the disclosure of information and samples

Guidance on the retention of Information and Samples

Petroleum Operations Notice (PON) 9:

PON9b (for onshore activity)

Guidance on ISPs and ISCs


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