Hydrocarbon Extraction - Active Licences in Europe

The geodatabase on offshore hydrocarbon licences in the EU was created in 2014 by Cogea for the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). It is the result of the aggregation and harmonization of datasets provided by several EU and non-EU sources. It is updated every year, and is available for viewing and download on EMODnet - Human Activities web portal ( The database contains polygons representing active offshore licences for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in the following countries: Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and UK. Where available each polygon has the following attributes: country, code, name, type (exploration, exploitation), licensing round (it includes also pending applications in France and Spain), area (square km), area info (it indicates if the area value is original from the source or has been calculated), starting year, ending year, operator. Compared with the previous release, note that Portuguese licences are not included because they all expired last year.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Partner LP
Topic category Oil and gas
Sub category O&G extraction areas
Resource language English
Domain area European seas
Owner Emodnet Human Activities
Provider Emodnet Human Activities
Data portal EMODnet Human Activities
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
Coordinate reference system epsg:4326 - WGS84 (degree)
Web services
  • Other
download Esri compatible GIS files (Geodatabase or Shapefile)
Temporal extent 2014-06-30
Data accessibility
Validation level Official data
Additional information This GIS dataset contains the licenses of Oil & Gas extraction concession areas and Oil &Gas research permit areas, by the marine areas of Italy and Croatia.
Relevance for testing
    Relevance for modules
    • T1.6-MUSC
    • T1.7-CEA
    Metadata completeness Complete
    Import preferences Confirmed (Administrators only)