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UK: 14th onshore licensing round

  • United Kingdom
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy

28-07-2014

The Energy Minister has today invited applications for licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round.

Applications for licences will be accepted up to 2.00pm on 28 October 2014 and will be assessed on (i) the financial viability of the applicant (ii) the technical capability of the applicant (iii) the quality of the work programme and (iv) the proven track record of the applicant. Applicants are also required to submit an Environmental Awareness Statement outlining their understanding of the UK’s onshore environmental legislation and the broad environmental sensitivities of the acreage being applied for.

It is the first round of onshore licensing in 6 years and licence awards are expected to be made within the next 12 to 18 months.

In making his announcement, Matthew Hancock restated that “unlocking shale gas in Britain has the potential to provide us with greater energy security, jobs and growth”.

The announcement comes shortly after the coming into effect of the Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Landward Areas) Regulations on 17 July 2014 which contain the model clauses applicable to the 14th Landward Licensing Round. A briefing note prepared by Eversheds on this subject can be found here.