- NSTA strategy

Enhanced Oil Recovery Strategy

Strategy document

The OGA has published the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Strategy. This is one of a number of strategies to drive the direction of a new way of working across the oil and gas lifecycle.

Each strategy will be followed by an accompanying delivery programme, providing further direction and detail on the implementation of the strategy.

The OGA has developed the EOR Strategy in collaboration with industry and the MER UK Boards in support of the MER UK Strategy and OGA Corporate Plan. Its priorities are:

  • Driving economic development of 250 mmboe incremental reserves primarily through polymer EOR over the next decade
  • Supporting existing EOR projects to ensure readiness for future projects
  • Demonstrating a proven offshore operation of low salinity EOR and progressing further opportunities by encouraging evaluations for all new projects

The OGA has been set up to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry and has been provided with a range of new powers to enable it to do so. The development of a series of strategies represents a key step in setting the strategic direction of how the OGA and industry will work together to maximise economic recovery (MER) from the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) and was one of the core recommendations of the Wood Maximising Recovery Review.

The MER UK Strategy underpins our work and came into force in March 2016. It describes how MER should operate in practice, setting out a legally binding central obligation to take the steps necessary to secure the maximum value of economically recoverable hydrocarbons. It also sets out a range of supporting obligations as well as the required actions and behaviours of collaboration and cost reduction.