Aquatera was contracted to assess and summarise all the environmental data collected in relation to Shell UK's UKCS/North Sea activities over the preceding 30 years.
Over the years Shell UK had collected large quantities of environmental data to support its operations in the UKCS area, however much of the information was fragmented and difficult to access. The main aims of the project were to collate, review and interpret the available data in order to prepare a document that concisely and most accurately described the current environmental status of the various development areas.
Information generated from a wide range of geophysical seabed studies and sediment sampling surveys was reviewed and summarised. The document also provided a detailed critique of the methodologies/sampling strategies utilised during the various studies and described the range of applicability and limitations of the available datasets. As a conclusion, the report identified and prioritised the relevant knowledge gaps and provided recommendations to guide the development of future environmental survey strategies.