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Data leads the drive to help maximise UK oil and gas economic recovery

Some 6,000 subscribers from hundreds of organisations have downloaded more than 340 terabytes – equivalent to around 85,000 HD movies – of information in the year since the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) launched the National Data Repository (NDR) on 25 March 2019.

The release – at – made 130 terabytes of  information available, including details on more than 12,500 wellbores, 5,000 seismic surveys and 3,000 pipeline. More data has been added since the launch, including a 9% increase in well data, helping companies make better decisions in areas such as exploration and investment.

Celebrating its first anniversary since going live, the NDR now receives an average of 350 visitors a day. A little over half of all users come from the UK, with visitors from the US (9.4%) and Norway (5.4%) the next most frequent.

More than 24 terabytes of seismic data have been ordered in the past year – approximately 20 times the quantity that had been accessed prior to the launch of the NDR.

The NDR is also supporting the net zero agenda as the information – some of which has not been freely accessible since it was first gathered in the mid-sixties – can now be reassessed to help to determine whether or not a particular site may be suitable for carbon storage.

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