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UK Southern North Sea exploration basin

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Report summary

The Southern North Sea Basin is one of the most prolific gas producing areas in the world with exploration dating back to the 1960s. This analysis covers the offshore UK portion of the basin. Water depths are shallow, and the operating environment benign compared to northern sectors of the North Sea. In recent years there have been a number of sizeable gas discoveries, in both the Carboniferous and Permian plays.The basin has extensive infrastructure, where discoveries close to existing production hubs could benefit from the potential for fast-track developments.

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This report includes 48 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
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • TYP valuecreation, spend and volumes discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and volumes discovered
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices


  • Play level data
  • Assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Forecast data by play (outlook)
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Typical fiscal terms - all plays
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Carboniferous
  • Economic analysis: Table 4

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