• 3 minutes China's aggression is changing the nature of sovereignty.
  • 8 minutes Will Variants and Ill-Health Continue to Plague Economic Outlooks?
  • 11 minutes Europe gas market -how it started how its going
  • 7 hours GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 6 hours The Fascist Dictatorship called Russia under Dictator for Life Putin
  • 8 hours Natural Gas is the Cleanest and most Likely Source of Energy to Fuel the World.
  • 2 days Russia, Ukraine and "2022: The Year Ahead"
  • 22 hours FOREX. Currencies of oil-producing countries.
  • 3 days "Tackling One Of The Fracking Industry’s Biggest Problems" by Robert Rapier
  • 3 days Energy Storage Could Emerge As The Hottest Market Of 2022
  • 3 days NordStream2
  • 3 days Following the Big Money
Dave Forest

Dave Forest

Dave is Managing Geologist of the Pierce Points Daily E-Letter.

More Info

Premium Content

The U.K. Is About To Boost Oil Exploration With An Old Trick

In 2000, Canadian miner Goldcorp changed its fortunes through a unique strategy: giving away its proprietary technical data.

Dubbed the “Goldcorp Challenge”, the firm made all of its geological information available to the public. And offered $575,000 in prize money to geologists who could use the data to tell the company where to find the next big discovery on the company’s gold property in Ontario — a move that ultimately led to $6 billion in new gold resources being discovered.

And this week, one of the world’s go-to oil and gas nations said it is trying something similar to reboot exploration.

That’s the U.K. Where the country’s Oil and Gas Authority said yesterday it will make all data on the North Sea freely available for the first time ever. Related: Oil Fundamentals Could Cause Oil Prices To Fall, Fast.

The Authority said that as of the end of March, it will post its complete data set online. With the package consisting of 40,000 kilometers of new and reprocessed seismic, as well as gravity and magnetic data — and all government-held well information.

The stated aim of this move is to generate new play ideas across this mature area — with officials saying they hope the open data will serve in “revitalizing exploration of the basin”.

And data isn’t the only thing the U.K. is offering. Like Goldcorp, the country is also putting up cash rewards. Related: Contraction In U.S. Shale Pushes Oil To $40

The Oil and Gas Authority said it will offer 500,000 pounds ($715,000) in prize money to individuals who come up with “innovative interpretations and products” based on the technical data. With officials saying they hope the competition will particularly increase understanding of plays in frontier areas of the offshore.

All of which is intended to generate buzz ahead of the country’s 29th Seaward Licensing Round. And hopefully lead to increased bidding on license areas as part of that event. Keep an eye out for announcements from the Oil and Gas Authority on the results.

Here’s to giving it away.

By Dave Forest

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:


Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage





Leave a comment

Leave a comment




EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News