The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the results for the potential awards for Licences for the 28th Seaward Licensing Round on the 6th of November. A list of the awards is available here

This round saw 134 licences covering 252 blocks being offered, and is said to be one of the biggest ever since the licensing rounds started in 1964. A further group of applications are being considered on environmental grounds, as required by the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EC), as they are within or in close proximity to Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). These assess the likely activities that will take place in an area as a result of the type of license granted, and the possible affect that this activity will have on the particular site. These sites will have to go through a second stage of assessment before the Licenses are granted.

With the announcement of the results also came the news that Andy Samuel has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). Andy is currently the Managing Director Offshore Europe at BG Group.

Contact details of the companies who were offered licences in the 28th Round are available here.