Over the next month, the NSTA will be carrying out user research on the recently restructured Data and Insights section of the website.

We want to understand if the change makes it easier for visitors to the website to find what they are looking for, whether that be analysis, downloads, or information. We’d appreciate your help to improve how accessible and discoverable NSTA data and tools are. To contribute, please share or fill in the following questionnaire by 22nd March. There is an opportunity register interest in providing a user interview to go into further detail at the end of the questionnaire


The NSTA is making more and more data freely available to industry, academia and others. This data is invaluable in all of the operations on the UKCS from exploration to decommissioning and in assisting the drive to net zero for example through identifying potential locations for carbon storage sites.

In 2016 and 2017 the NSTA commenced new data regulations under the Energy Act 2016. These were:

  • The power to request information and samples under section 34 of the Energy Act
  • The requirement to appoint an Information and Samples Coordinator (ISC)
  • The requirement to submit Information and Samples Plans (ISPs) in connection with certain licence events.

Additionally, in 2017, it consulted on new regulations for the retention and disclosure of Information and Samples. These regulations were laid before Parliament and commenced in 2018.

In February 2019 the NSTA launched the National Data Repository (NDR) and on the 1st March 2019 issued its first reporting notices under section 34 of the Energy Act, requesting the statutory reporting of technical information including well, geophysical, production, infrastructure and pipeline data to the NSTA and well samples to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Section 34 Notices

As mentioned above, on 1st March 2019, the NSTA issued two reporting notices under section 34 (s.34 notices). One was a retrospective notice covering the routine reporting of information and samples from 2018, the other was a notice to cover the routine reporting of information and samples related to ongoing activity in 2019. As they were routine reporting notices they were sent to the ISCs of all “relevant persons” (as defined under the Energy Act 2016). Routine reporting notices are issued every January to cover the coming year.

The notices are available below:

2018 Section 34 notice


2019 Section 34 notice


2020 Section 34 notice


2021 Section 34 notice


2022 Section 34 notice


2023 Section 34 notice


2024 Section 34 notice


Offshore technical information is made available either through the National Data Repository (NDR) or the NSTA’s Open Data pages. Samples are made available for inspection by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

If you have any questions about data access or issues relating to Information and Samples in general please contact NSTA technical services on ISC@nstauthority.co.uk

Offshore proprietary seismic data is now made available through the NDR. 

Lynx Information Systems have released a selection of offshore surveys.

Onshore seismic data

The UK Onshore Geophysical Library, managed by Lynx Information Systems, releases onshore seismic data. Email  contact@ukogl.org.uk  or ring +44 (0) 208 780 2634 for further details

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