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Offshore Industry: Licensing

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 141104, tabled on 16 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which new oil and gas fields in the North Sea will be licenced to supplement domestic production in 2022.

Answered on

24 March 2022

The most recent offshore licensing round was the 32nd UK Offshore Licensing Round. It was conducted by the Oil and Gas Authority (now the North Sea Transition Authority), and concluded on 30th September 2020, with 113 licences issued that year. The Government recently held a public consultation on the new Climate Compatibility Checkpoint, which will inform the next licensing round to be opened later this year.

Oil and gas fields, after being licensed, require a number of consents issued by regulators, such as Development and Production Consents granted by the North Sea Transition Authority, before they can begin production. A number of fields have received these consents in recent months. A full list of these consents can be found on the North Sea Transition Authority’s website here: https://www.nstauthority.co.uk/data-centre/data-downloads-and-publications/field-data/.