The Petroleum Licensing (Applications) Regulations 2015

Last updated: 10 February 2022

The 1998 Petroleum Act empowers the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to grant licenses for the exploration and development of England’s oil and gas resources. In the case of coalmining, a Methane Drainage License from the OGA is required if the operator or owner of a coalmine must capture natural gas to make the mine safe. 


This regulation outlines procedures for the application for: 

(a) landward petroleum exploration licences;

(b) seaward petroleum exploration licences;

(c) methane drainage licences;

(d) petroleum exploration and development licences;

(e) and seaward area production licences.


Thus, it states the information required, applicable timelines and fees, as well as supporting documentation needed in each case.


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