FAQ on the OGA

What is it?

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has taken over some regulatory functions from the Department of Energy and Climate Change for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry in the UK.

It is responsible for:

  • Oil and gas licensing
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Oil and gas fields and wells
  • Oil and gas infrastructure
  • Carbon capture and storage licensing

The OGA is an executive agency of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It is intended to be operationally independent of DECC but the Chief Executive reports to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.


The OGA was formed following recommendations of the Wood Review into maximising economic recovery of the UK’s offshore oil and gas. Sir Ian Wood proposed a new arm’s length regulatory body to oversee development of the offshore industry. It would be funded by the industry.

The OGA has also assumed responsibility for onshore oil and gas. It states its purpose is: “To make sure that the UK gets the maximum economic benefit from its oil and gas reserves”


The OGA started work on 1st April 2015.

Most of its senior executives are expected to be in post by mid June 2015. By summer 2016, ministers aim to convert the OGA into a wholly-owned Government Company OGA framework document


Chief executive: Andy Samuel (in post), former managing director offshore Europe for BG Group

Director, Exploration and Production: Gunther Newcombe (appointed 11th May 2015), previously President and CEO of VICO, owned by BP and ENI

Director, Technology and Projects: Angela Seeney (appointed 11th May 2015), previously with Shell

Director, Policy, Performance and Economics: Hedvig Ljungerud (appointed 11th May 2015), previously with HMRC and HM Treasury

Director Licensing and Legal: Simon Toole (in post), previously head of offshore licensing at DECC

Director of Change and Organisational Design: Stuart Payne (in post), previously with Dana Petroleum and Shell

Chief financial officer: John Ogden (appointed 11th May 2015), previous employment with NATS, Westminster Council, the Ministry of Justice, Sony and Ericsson

Biographies of directors appointed May 2015

The framework document says the OGA will have up to 200 employees. Staff are civil servants until the OGA becomes a Government Company. The DECC oil and gas licensing, exploration and development team is being transferred to OGA


The head office is in Aberdeen and there will be staff in London.

How to contact

Oil and Gas Authority, Atholl House, 86-88 Guild Street, Aberdeen AB11 6AR

01224 254146

At the time of writing, we could find no website for the OGA. It has a page on the government web at

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