New digital and data taskforce to span oil, gas and renewables


A new offshore energy taskforce has been launched, aiming to create a digital and data strategy that spans oil, gas and renewables.

Unveiled on 21 September, the Offshore Energy Digital and Data Strategy taskforce will develop a strategy with a clear set of recommendations and an action plan. This will facilitate greater digital collaboration, innovation and market development in offshore energy by improving data availability and transparency, as well as helping to unlock new opportunities across the offshore energy sector.

As the UK goes about achieving net zero by 2050, there will be significant obligations on the offshore energy sector to accelerate the deployment of alternative energy vectors, including hydrogen, offshore wind and carbon capture and storage. It will consider the key themes developed through the Energy Data Taskforce: data visibility; infrastructure and assets visibility; operation optimisation; market opportunities; and regulatory considerations, with the specifics of how these apply to the offshore energy sector.

Launched by the Net Zero Technology Centre, OGUK and the Oil and Gas Authority, the taskforce will be run by the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Participants will include The Crown Estate, Crown Estates Scotland, the Technology Leadership Board and Renewable UK.