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The OGA joins TNO for cross-border geology joint industry project

20 Mar 2017

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) today announced that the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), the UK’s oil and gas regulator, will be joining the ongoing Joint Industry Research project called ‘Hypo-Lias’.

This research project, executed as part of the Dutch TKI Upstream Gas program and already sponsored by EBN, NAM and Statoil, was set up to investigate the overlooked hydrocarbon potential of Jurassic rock formations across the Southern North Sea. With this focus, the outcomes of the ‘Hypo-Lias’ project will contribute to the Dutch security of gas supply by the development of small fields in an economic and responsible way and consequently aid to relief current sources of natural gas. Upon joining the project, the OGA will specifically sponsor additional research, focused on the Southwestern Approaches and East Shetland Platform areas.

‘Hypo-Lias’ was originally defined as a project which, for the first time within TKI Upstream Gas, covers not only the Netherlands but also parts of Norway, the UK and Denmark. With the OGA joining the project, ‘Hypo-Lias’ further extends its collaborative reach. All research outcomes from the research sponsored by the OGA will become publicly available after completion, thus substantially boasting future joint research opportunities with a consistent focus on sustainable and competitive offshore gas exploration and production.

“We are delighted to see OGA joining the project, which is an illustration of  the quality and value of the exploration research work done within TNO’s Applied Geosciences team”, said Friso Veenstra, TNO’s business development manager for exploration. “As a result of OGA’s contribution, the Hypo-Lias project will have a greater and more immediate impact.”

Jo Bagguley, Principal Regional Geologist at the OGA, said: “The OGA is committed to promoting exploration opportunities in the UK through both regional and targeted approaches. The Hypo-Lias project enables us to collaborate with our Dutch colleagues and share cross-border learnings. The results of the UK part of the Hypo-Lias project will complement the seismic data that has been acquired by the OGA in the South West Britain and East Shetland Platform areas. This will further our understanding of the exploration potential in these frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf.”

For more information on this project, or contacts with one of the aforementioned companies, please contact Friso Veenstra.

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