Heriot-Watt plays host to strategic Oil and Gas Authority event



Staff from Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) organised and delivered a major workshop in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the Regulator for the UK's Continental Shelf in the lead up to the announcement of the 31st Licensing Round.

The event showcased three academic studies related to Frontier Basins Research in the Rockall Basin, South West Approaches and Mid North Sea areas.

The work was undertaken by teams from Aberdeen, Durham and Heriot-Watt Universities and the event was attended by 55 delegates including those from a diverse cross-section of industry operators who will undertake their own technical evaluations ahead of deciding on areas to bid for in the forthcoming licensing round.

The day included a visit to the recently opened Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC), a state-of-the-art facility based in the Lyell Building that was funded by the OGA to inspect the key subsurface interpretations

University Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill said: "This is the first time that the Industry Regulator has promoted a licensing round in this way and it is an honour for Heriot-Watt to host an event in partnership with Aberdeen and Durham Universities. The day was very well received by the industry who were impressed with the quality and impact of applied geoscientific research and with the new facilities now on campus."

Jo Bagguley, the Principal Regional Geologist at the Oil & Gas Authority said: "The Frontier Basins Research Workshop was very well received and we've had very positive feedback from delegates. The event ran very smoothly and we were pleased with both the attendance and the level of participation in the discussions. Many thanks again to everyone, particularly the HWU team."