OGA’s new NDR marks end of an era for industry organisation

The OGA’s launch of its new NDR on 1st July marks the end of an era for CDA, the wholly owned subsidiary of OGUK that focusses on data services to the geoscience community.

CDA was founded over 25 years ago to aid sharing of geoscience data between oil and gas companies by creating UKOilandGasData, a hugely successful collaborative online data sharing platform that is conservatively estimated to have saved industry over £250m during its lifetime.

UKOilandGasData.com provided the foundation for the OGA’s launch of the UK NDR in 2019, building on the geoscience data contributed to the system by CDA’s operator members over the prior two decades, and re-purposing its existing technology platform to reduce the time and cost required to launch.

Daniel Brown, CDA’s Executive Director said, ‘CDA is a leading example of what can be achieved when operators and industry groups work collaboratively on a common goal. CDA’s efforts to support data sharing between operators laid the foundations of a massively successful industry project that not only saved well over a quarter of a billion pounds during its lifetime, but was also key to the creation of the UK NDR, of which the UK oil and gas industry can rightly be proud. CDA wishes the OGA and Osokey well as they launch this next generation of UK NDR, which will be a key resource for oil and gas, for the carbon capture and storage industry, and for geoscience researchers worldwide for many years to come.’