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UK Northern North Sea exploration basin

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Report summary

The basin is mature with an average discovery size of just 20 mmboe over the last decade, and yet-to-find resource is just a tiny fraction of discovered reserves.Despite most of the volumes discovered being commercial, cost overruns and delays have resulted in negative full-life development value for several discoveries. Combined with the cost of exploration this has resulted in significant full-cycle value destruction of over the last decade.Statoil will be an explorer to watch in 2017 when it plans to drill the Jock Scott prospect in licence P2097.

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This report includes 39 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration history map
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Commerciality index
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volumes
  • Mesozoic
  • Mesozoic
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices


  • Key play data
  • Assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Forecast data by Play (outlook)
  • Mesozoic
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Mesozoic
  • Mesozoic
  • Full cycle economic analysis
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4

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