• 7 minutes Get First Access To The Oilprice App!
  • 11 minutes Japanese Refiners Load First Iran Oil Cargo Since U.S. Sanctions
  • 13 minutes Oil prices forecast
  • 17 minutes Renewables in US Set for Fast Growth
  • 54 mins Chinese FDI in U.S. Drops 90%: America's Clueless Tech Entrepreneurs
  • 6 hours Socialists want to exorcise the O&G demon by 2030
  • 4 hours Good Marriage And Bad Divorce: Germany's Merkel Wants Britain and EU To Divorce On Good Terms
  • 2 days Is Natural Gas Renewable? I say yes it is.
  • 16 hours Cheermongering about O&G in 2019
  • 8 hours *Happy Dance* ... U.S. Shale Oil Slowdown
  • 2 days Blame Oil Price or EVs for Car Market Crash? Auto Recession Has Started
  • 2 days Making Fun of EV Owners: ICE-ing Trend?
  • 23 hours Duterte's New Madness: Philippine Senators Oppose President's Push To Lower Criminal Age To 9
  • 2 days Emissions from wear of brakes and tyres likely to be higher in supposedly clean vehicles, experts warn
  • 1 day North Sea Rocks Could Store Months Of Renewable Energy
  • 21 hours Oceans "Under Fire" Of Plastic Trash
  • 2 days Orphan Wells
What’s Driving Oil Prices Down?

What’s Driving Oil Prices Down?

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday…

Bidding Action Heats Up In UK’s Continental Shelf

Oil

This week, the British Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) reported that 68 companies had applied to operate one or more of 239 different blocks located off the United Kingdom’s coast.

“With 68 companies bidding, many of which we know to be new entrants, this response can be viewed as a vote of confidence in the UK Continental Shelf,” said Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen. “It offers early signs that the $8 billion of merger and acquisition activity highlighted in our Economic Report is translating into activity in the basin. This will help realize as much of the 2-6 Bbbl of yet to find potential, particularly given the maturity of this licensing round and its large inventory of prospects and undeveloped discoveries.”

The 30th round closed on November 21st. The next one is set for mid-2018, but details regarding the auction have yet to be released. The OGA is due to report the results of the 30th round next Monday.

“Efforts by the OGA to provide new data, analysis, and insights has stimulated a number of high-quality applications,” OGA head of exploration and new ventures Nick Richardson said. “Together with the added advantages of flexible licensing, technology development and improvements to the oil and gas fiscal regime, this has evidently created the right conditions to support continued investment in the UKCS.”

The UK production for both oil and gas follow fairly good bell curves about ten years behind the equivalent exploration drilling and discovery curves. This round, regions with significant existing investment got more applications, Richardson said.

“The focus on regions with existing infrastructure provided companies with an excellent opportunity to take a fresh look at a large inventory of opportunities from which to rebuild their portfolios to help sustain future production,” he added.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News