OGA targets net zero with North Sea data


More than 50 years of North Sea data is to be made available through the Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) National Data Repository (NDR).

On 25 August, the OGA explained the data will help to unlock opportunities in carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and environmentally sustainable oil and gas projects in the North Sea. The hope is that it will help companies to make better informed decisions as part of the drive to net zero, as well as in areas such as exploration and production efficiency.

The NDR was initially opened as an online platform in 2019, hosting 100TB of well, geophysical and other petroleum licence data. It has now been transferred over to the OGA’s cloud-based Digital Energy Platform, with a further 400TB to be uploaded, handing users immediate access to data that had previously been expensive and time-consuming to obtain. Organisations can access as much as 3TB per month, free of charge.

Nic Granger, OGA Director of Corporate and Chief Financial Officer, said: “Accessible data is absolutely essential to the future of the industry. It’s vital for exploration, production and for reuse and decommissioning and the drive to net zero. The OGA is determined to meet that need by taking data and digital to the next level to enable a digital energy transition. The enhanced NDR is a key part of that improved service which we are proud to offer to industry.”