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The NSTA produces a range of guidance documents, to support and assist industry in fulfilling its responsibilities and obligations, to set clear expectations on standards and behaviour, and to help share best practice.

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Licensing rounds

We hold offshore and onshore petroleum licensing rounds, inviting applications from companies and making awards to those bids that promise to ensure economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources, whilst supporting the drive to net zero carbon by 2050. 

Licensing regime

The NSTA operates a licensing regime that gives companies exclusive rights to search, bore for and get petroleum. Petroleum licences are issued after a competitive process, usually a licensing round.