The UK Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has offered licence awards to 65 companies as part of its 32nd Offshore Licensing Round, although no firm commitments to drill wells were offered this time around.

The OGA confirmed Thursday it had offered to award 113 licence areas over 259 blocks or part-blocks in mature producing areas, close to existing infrastructure.

Companies were able to apply for the Innovate Licence, intorduced several years ago to offer companies flexibility in how they approach the work programmes.