Onshore Agencies

Key to our role as the official archive and release mechanism for 2D and 3D onshore seismic data in the UK is ensuring that we work in close partnership with associated Governmental Bodies and other formal data release agents. The aim remains to provide an integrated resource portal in support of industry and academic research.

Oil & Gas Authority (OGA)

The OGA is an executive Government Agency, sponsored by the Department of Energy & Climate Change and is responsible for regulating onshore and offshore exploration operations throughout the UK.

Current Exploration Licence details are updated by the OGA on a regular basis and published on our web map. The OGA provides downloads of the Licences either as a GIS shapefile or as a PDF map, along with a number of other useful onshore information layers, such as Fields and Coastlines. The status of individual active Licences can be accessed through the OGA interactive search facility.

The OGA also monitors and publishes all onshore well locations, which can be accessed for download in spreadsheet form. UKOGL provides a display of all these well locations along with basic well information, including links to Well Tops, Logging Summary Information and Composite Log Headers.

For all the above and additional OGA information, publications, regulatory guidance and data relating to onshore exploration and production please visit the OGA website.

British Geological Survey (BGS)

The BGS is one of the world’s leading geoscience research facilities, promoting a better understanding of earth and environmental processes.

The UKOGL Interactive Map includes access to BGS and Coal Authority acquired seismic surveys, together with geological backdrops provided by kind permission of the BGS. A full range of BGS mapping products and can be found here.

The BGS archives hold a wealth of related onshore geoscientific information. A recommended first access point is through their Onshore GeoIndex.

Well Data (Borehole) Release Agents (DRA)

UKOGL displays basic well data, including tops and times, in support of its seismic archive. However, the following organisations act on behalf of OGA as the formal release agents for UK onshore well data records and can be contacted in order to obtain source data sets of scanned images and digital well records.

CGG Data Management Services Email Web
IHS Energy Email Web
NuTech Energy Alliance Email Web
TGS Email Web

Common Data Access Limited (CDA)

CDA provides the formal management and release of exploration data acquired over UK Offshore area. In cooperation, UKOGL and CDA provide mutual web service feeds of their seismic coverage for display through their respective web sites.

For further details on the offshore services provided by CDA, please visit the dedicated UK Oil and Gas Data portal for membership information and data access.