North Sea Transition Authority Open User Licence

Oil and Gas Authority Licence (OGA Licence)

Using Information under this licence
Use of copyright and database right material expressly made available under this licence (the 'Information') indicates your acceptance of the terms and conditions below.

The OGA grants you a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the Information subject to the conditions below.

This licence does not affect your freedom under fair dealing or fair use or any other copyright or database right exceptions and limitations.

You are free to:
• copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information;
• adapt the Information;
• exploit the Information commercially and non-commercially for example, by combining it with other Information, or by including it in your own product or application.

You must, where you do any of the above, acknowledge the source of the Information in your product or application by including the following attribution statement and, where possible, provide a link to this licence:

“Contains information provided by the OGA.”

This is an important condition of this licence and if you fail to comply the rights granted to you under this licence will end automatically.

This licence does not cover:
• personal data in the Information;
• Information that has not been accessed by way of publication or disclosure under information access legislation (including the Freedom of Information Acts for the UK and Scotland) by or with the consent of the OGA;
• use of the Oil and Gas Authority logo, or any third party logo contained in the Information;
• third party rights the OGA is not authorised to grant rights in respect of; and
• other intellectual property rights, including patents, trade marks, and design rights.

This licence does not grant you any right to use the Information in a way that suggests any official status or that the OGA endorses you or your use of the Information.
No warranty

The Information is licensed 'as is' and the OGA excludes all representations, warranties, obligations and liabilities in relation to the Information to the maximum extent permitted by law.

The OGA is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information and shall not be liable for any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by its use. The OGA does not guarantee the continued supply of the Information.

Governing Law
This licence and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

In this licence, the terms below have the following meanings:
'Information' means information protected by copyright or by database right (for example, literary and artistic works, content, data and source code) offered for use under the terms of this licence.
‘OGA’ means the Oil and Gas Authority, a company incorporated in England and Wales (registered number 09666504) and having its registered office at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF which owns or otherwise has the authority to offer Information under the terms of this licence.
'use' means doing any act which is restricted by copyright or database right, whether in the original medium or in any other medium, and includes without limitation distributing, copying, adapting, modifying as may be technically necessary to use it in a different mode or format.
'You', 'you' and 'your' means the natural or legal person, or body of persons corporate or incorporate, acquiring rights in the Information (whether the Information is obtained directly from the OGA or otherwise) under this licence.

About the OGA Licence
The OGA has developed this licence to license the use and re-use of its Information, that is, information that the OGA owns or otherwise has the right to license in this way. The OGA may also publish information it does not own and may only offer limited use rights in respect of that information. In that situation, this OGA Licence will not apply and the OGA will specify the terms and conditions on which that information may be used, for example, the OGA User Agreement.

This is version 1.0 of the OGA Licence. The OGA may, from time to time, issue new versions of the OGA Licence. If it does so, and you are already using Information under a previous version of the OGA Licence, the terms of that licence will continue to apply.

Carbon Capture and Storage - NSTA Licences (NSTA WMS)

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This dataset contains current UK Continental Shelf Carbon Dioxide Appraisal and Storage licences.

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) refers to a number of techniques and processes which capture carbon dioxide emissions, generally from industrial processes. The carbon dioxide (CO2) can then be transported, including via repurposed gas pipelines, and stored, for example in underground locations    CO2 will typically be stored at depths greater than 800 metres, where it no longer behaves as a gas, but instead as a supercritical fluid. The same geological formations that are well understood in the UK from many decades of oil and gas production, such as the Triassic Bunter Formation and Tertiary Forties Sandstones, are also likely to be ideal for the storage of carbon dioxide. 
  • CCS involves the capture of CO2 emissions from industrial processes, such as steel and cement production, the generation of hydrogen through steam reforming, or from the burning of biomass or fossil fuels in power generation. It may also be used in combination with emerging direct air capture technologies. This carbon dioxide is then transported from where it was produced, via ship or in a pipeline, and stored deep underground in geological formations.   
  • The NSTA is the licensing authority for offshore CO2 storage in the UK, approving and issuing carbon dioxide storage and appraisal licences, storage permits, and maintaining the carbon storage public register.    
  • Certain activities proposed under CS licences may also be subject to specific environmental assessment by BEIS (Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED)).    
  • A licensee also requires a lease from the Crown Estate/Crown Estate Scotland (as applicable) before undertaking storage activities.    
  • NSTA/TCE/CES joint statement   
  • NSTA/OFGEM Memorandum of Understanding   
  • The list of carbon dioxide appraisal and storage projects licensed by the NSTA can be seen here    
  • The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution    
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (Chapter 11, Executive Summary)   
  • BEIS leads government policy on CCS   


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