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Heriot-Watt has a history of collaboration with the oil industry and other academic institutions; with an active portfolio of Joint Industry Projects (JIPs); the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in oil and gas; and environmental research spanning 40 years.


 Current collaborating partners include:



BGS have a long-standing and trusted relationship with most of the major oil companies and national government. Their impartial remit allows us to play an important strategic role in the oil and gas industries both in the UK and overseas.

BGS work with several consortia of oil companies to further research into exploration and recovery.  BGS also manage national data archives for the oil and gas industries and have huge amounts of data and expertise in UK waters.






The deepseas group at NOC Southampton has a long history of engage,ent with the deep-water oil and gas industry.  Assissting the industry consortium AFEN (Atlantic Frontier Environmental Netowkr) to develop and carry out the UK's fisrt regional-scale deep-water environmental survey in 1996.  An approach that was subsequently taken forward bt the UK Government's Strategic Environmental Assessment Process.

Similar work continues to the present, for example, during 2014 the deepseasgroup have assisted BP in the planning and conduct of large-scale deep-water environmental baseline and monitoring studies in the Sirt Basin (offshore Libya) and accross the length of the Angolan Continental Margin.

The group has particular interests in long-term monitoring of deep-water environments (e.g. DELOS, PAP-SO) and in the development of Autonomous vehicles for large-sclae and long-term surveys (e.g. MAREMAP, AESA).





Collaborating closely with key players in the oil and gas industry, the "Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology" (SERPENT) project aims to make cutting-edge industrial ROV technology and data more accessible to the world's science community, share knowledge and progress deep-sea research. The programme interacts with science and conservation groups globally to communicate the project to the public, increasing the awareness of our fragile marine resources.



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Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007 but with a pedigree stretching back over 40 years.

Their aim is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the UK by working closely with companies across the sector, governments and all other stakeholders to address the issues that affect your business.




BP operates in a diverse range of environments across the globe. They recognise that their operations have potential impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services, which present both risks and opportunities.

BP has a strong focus on deepwater operations and is working to understand and mitigate impacts to marine environments.  They continue to deepen their understanding of how their work may affect marine ecosystems from monitoring the potential effects of sound from their offshore activties on marine life to working with their industry to better understand the potential impacts of oil spills.

To improve their understanding and knowledge of how offshore activities interact with the marine environment, they support research by some of the world's leading academic institutions.