We regulate and influence the oil, gas and carbon storage industries. We help drive North Sea energy transition, realising the significant potential of the UK Continental Shelf as a critical energy and carbon abatement resource. We hold industry to account on halving upstream emissions by 2030
The NSTA is fully committed to enabling the achievement of the UK government's commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050
The NSTA regulates the exploration and development of the UK’s offshore and onshore oil and gas resources and offshore carbon storage, offshore gas storage and offshore gas unloading activities
The NSTA regulates the licensing of exploration and development of the UK’s offshore and onshore (England) oil and gas resources, carbon storage, gas storage and unloading activities.
We regulate the licensing of exploration and development of the UK’s offshore and onshore oil and gas resources, gas storage and unloading activities in accordance with the Strategy.
Decommissioning of the UK’s offshore oil and gas production facilities is a major industrial challenge which can create global competitive advantage for the UK.
The UKCS is one of the most technologically advanced basins in the world.
A strong supply chain is essential to establish the UK as the ‘go to’ centre globally for offshore mature basin solutions, including energy transition, subsea and decommissioning.
The NSTA are working to transform the collection, storage, analysis and publication of UKCS data across the oil and gas lifecycle and including Energy Transition activities.
The latest announcements, reports, consultations and events, from NSTA and industry.
NSTA is exploring decarbonisation strategies for the range of assets within the Southern North Sea
New Corporate Plan outlines our priority areas for the next five years (2022-2027)
Information and Sample requirements for
current and former holders of Offshore
UKCS Exploration and Production licences
New carbon storage licence application guidance published
The NSTA Overview was published in March 2022
On 11 February 2022, we published updated Cessation of Production (COP) Guidance
Following an earlier consultation we have published Governance Guidance