The NSTA is committed to maximising the well value cycle on the UKCS through effective regulation, promotion and by using its influence with licensees, the supply chain and relevant bodies.

Wells Strategy has been published which provides a framework of how the NSTA and industry will work together to deliver increased activity and improve performance.

Our 2022 Wells Insight Report provides a comprehensive insight into UKCS well stock and activity which will provide extremely valuable information for operators, service and technology providers. The report includes trends and performance benchmarks in three distinct well categories: exploration and appraisal, new development wellbores, and existing well stock activities. It highlighted significant opportunities remaining in the UK Continental Shelf despite a continued low level of well activity in 2021 as the industry continued its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In consultation with the industry, we have developed stewardship expectations across the oil and gas lifecycle, for operators and licensees.  The following are particularly relevant to the well lifecycle:

  • Stewardship Expectation 4 - Well activity performance
  • Stewardship Expectation 6 - Integrated field Management

(all Stewardship Expectations are available here)

Use the Well Data Search Tool to find basic well header data by quadrant and block (please note that this data is derived directly from WONS (the Well Operations Notification System on the Energy Portal) and may be subject to later alteration and update).

Offshore petroleum licensees must decommission wells in a timely and cost-efficient way, in accordance with their licence and other statutory obligations. Please click here to find out more including a downloadable spreadsheet of the current suspended well stock