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UK OGA launches one of the largest ever public data releases

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The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched what is believed to be one of the largest ever single open releases of data with the launch of the UK’s first UK Oil and Gas National Data Repository (NDR).

Freely-available to everyone, the NDR is an online platform which is home to 130 terabytes of well, geophysical, field and infrastructure data, (equivalent to around eight years’ worth of HD movies) covering more than 12 500 wellbores, 5000 seismic surveys, and 3000 pipelines.

The NDR aims to help achieve maximum economic recovery of the estimated 20 billion bbls of oil and gas that remains; unlocking new investment, new technology and more exploration activity. In addition, the NDR will play an important role in the energy transition, including for example enabling future carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects, thanks to the wealth of reservoir and infrastructure data available.

Nic Granger, Director of Corporate at the OGA said: “The world is arguably entering a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, with data at its heart. The National Data Repository is a UK first and is an important milestone in our vision to enable open, transparent data. The platform makes data available for machine learning and artificial intelligence and offers the opportunity to uncover new prospects and previously overlooked plays.”

Simon James, Chief Information Officer at the OGA added: “The NDR creates research opportunities for both technology and analysis. For the industry, it means access to a huge data pool to harness digital technology, relieves them of the regulatory requirement to retain information, and enhances collaboration. For the OGA, it means sustainable curation, maximising data for MER while enabling compliance monitoring.”

CDA’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Fleming said: “We are delighted to be able to put this unique collection of information, gathered by CDA working collaboratively with industry for over 25 years, at the centre of the NDR. The NDR positions the UK North Sea as a world leader in providing simple, low-cost access to subsurface information”.

The NDR enables the OGA to discharge its newly commenced information and samples powers and ensures that the UK’s petroleum-related information is maintained and enhanced as a sustainable collection of valuable and comprehensive data.

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