The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded new contracts supported by government funding for programs to stimulate exploration activity in the UK continental shelf (UKCS).
The awards, which followed a competitive tendering process during 1Q 2018, Include a contract to fund the first year of a four-year UKCS petroleum systems project, to be performed by a consortium of Lloyd’s Register and IGI. The two companies will compile a comprehensive database of legacy geochemical data acquired across the UKCS over the past five decades.
This will include sample information and analysis from the legacy well sampling databases currently managed by the British Geological Survey on behalf of the OGA.
On completion, the resultant geochemical and supporting geological databases will be made available to the industry and academic communities.
Also, Ikon Science was awarded a contract to evaluate the rock physics and seismic amplitude responses of the underexplored Jurassic and Triassic plays in the UK central North Sea and East Shetland basin areas.
Results will be shared with the exploration community ahead of the 32nd Mature Licensing Round and, if successful, the OGA plans to extend the findings to promote unlicensed opportunities in the UKCS prospect inventory where the concept could be applied.
In addition, the OGA is working with Agile Scientific to provide free geo-computing training courses to help subsurface teams working on UK licenses develop data science skills to achieve improved insights from subsurface data throughout the lifecycle of an asset. The courses will be staged in Aberdeen and London during the current quarter.
Jo Bagguley, Principal Regional Geologist for the OGA, said: “Products resulting from the contracts will make significant additional contributions to the seismic, well and map-related data packs already released by the OGA.”