• Delivering MER in the Outer Moray Firth

    We are facilitating industry collaboration to unlock the latent potential of the Outer Moray Firth - Join us!

  • The Challenge

    The OGA and Area Plans

    A clear and regulated expectation that licensees will generate Area Plans to maximise the probability of achieving MER.

    OMF has defied critics and decline before

    Where will the 4th Hump come from?

    A Renaissance will only come through collaboration

    At this point in the cycle no one has spare people to "staff up" a joint initiative.

    That's where 1st Subsurface have come in - facilitating and resourcing the work required.

  • Our Offering

    How we propose to deliver an MER UK Area Plan for the Outer Moray Firth.

    A Brand New Unique Database

    MER Decisions require authenticated data

    Too often decisions have been based on what people bring with them, recycling their favourite old prospect etc. We decided that a challenge like MER requires a fresh start. Hence we have developed the basin wide database covering Prospects, Unsanctioned Discoveries & Producing Fields.

    Authenticated and Auditable

    You need a database you can trust.

    Too many databases have no audit trail and/or they only have the latest or preferred interpretation. 1stSOM's database has all versions of a lead or prospect's data, direct links to the source documentation and related context materials.

    More than just the Database

    An integrated portal

    In partnership with Animus - http://www.animustech.com/# -part of the early work commitment is to load this database onto a Cloud based Portal, which will link it to all other published open source data sets that are available.

    Sign up and become part of the SIG

    Membership is open.

    If you have an interest in the future of the Outer Moray Firth and want to be part of the SIG, then membership is open.


    Please contact one of the team to discuss.

  • The Database

    It is the richest database ever commercially produced on the Outer Moray Firth

    Prospects & Leads

    350 entries

    Every one of the Prospects and Leads is linked back to the source documentation, and where multiple interpretations have been made they are all recorded and available.

    Unsanctioned Discoveries

    All Unsanctioned Discoveries included

    Not only does the database include all the data from the 14 montages issued by the OGA for the 30th Round in this area, but it includes data and montages from a further 70 discoveries.

    Developed Fields

    ​A rich source of often ignored data

    OMF has 79 producing fields with multiple compartments. The database researches up to 80 parameters per field. These subsurface data are often ignored in the context of exploration and appraisal assessments. The 1stSOM database will hold these data sets and make them available as a fully integrated product.

    Integration & enrichment

    Bringing the disparate data sets together

    The database is configured to generate a multitude of workflow graphs, highlighting source type allowing much more context and intelligence to applied to parameter selection and uncertainty modelling.


    The portal will be configured to allow inclusion of anonymised data to further enrich the SIG's knowledge.

    Potential & Ranking

    Where are the prospects that fit your risk appetite?

    The database is configured to generate a multitude of workflow cross plots to help drive your decision making.




    Let's not forget that you need to get product to point of sale

    It is embarrassingly true that licences have been applied for and awarded in the past where the infrastructure required will not be there when needed! This data set will include refreshed data and new data out with the standard ICOP issued data.


    Let's keep the lights on.

  • Who we are

    Here's the core team - please feel free to get in touch

    Mike Cooper


    Any questions on the Unsanctioned Discoveries or Producing Fields datasets then Mike is the one to ask.

    Maurice Bamford


    Maurice has been digging deep to find all the data on the Leads and Prospects - so if that your thing e-mail Maurice.

    Paul Lindop


    Commercial questions or interest in infrastructure and technology then Paul should be your first call.