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.

A 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 Wells Insights Report 2021 provides a comprehensive insight into UKCS well stock and activity which will provide extremely valuable information for operators, service and technology providers.

The Wells Insight Report reveals activity slowdown in the UK North Sea and untapped potential in well maintenance and also highlights significant opportunities remaining in the basin, despite Covid resulting in a slowdown in 2020.

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)

Links to further NSTA information

Well Consents (including Extended Well Tests (EWTs))

Well Operations and Notifications System (WONS) guidance

Guidance for Suspended Wells

Onshore Well Operations

Individual well data

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).

UKCS Suspended Well Stock

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