What we do

We manage the UK seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea limit and hold the rights for gas storage within the Exclusive Economic Zone Order 2013, which extends out onto the Continental Shelf. 

We manage the UK seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea limit and, under the 2008 Energy Act, hold the rights for gas storage within the Exclusive Economic Zone Order 2013, which extends out onto the Continental Shelf. This Order incorporated the Gas Importation and Storage Zone Order 2009, which was created by the 2008 Energy Act.

Offshore natural gas storage has been taking place within UK waters, in the Rough field, since 1983. Developers of offshore projects need to be aware that both a storage licence (from BEIS) and a storage lease (from us) are required, as set out in the 2008 Energy Act, which also explains which type of gas importation and storage projects fit into this description. Effectively the regulatory and proprietary roles are separated.