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UK Southern North Sea exploration basin

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22 February 2018

UK Southern North Sea exploration basin

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 the basin, including Pegasus and Wingate in the Carboniferous play and Tolmount in the Permian play. These discoveries suggest there are still discoveries to be made in the Southern North Sea. The basin has extensive infrastructure, where discoveries close to existing production hubs could benefit from the potential for fast-track developments.

Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Key issues include:
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
    • Wells drilled
    • Basin success rates
    • Volumes discovered
    • Prospective resource potential
    • Play inputs
      • Creaming curve and key play data
    • Model field pool size distribution
    • Existing discoveries and modelled prospective resource pool size distribution
  • Development
  • Costs
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
    • TYP and outlook economics
      • Prospect economics
        • Carboniferous
        • Permian
      • Expected monetary value (EMV)
        • Permian
        • Carboniferous
        • Permian
        • Full cycle basin economics
          • Full-cycle economic analysis

Tables and charts

This report includes 49 images and tables including:

  • Play level data
  • Assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • 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
  • Key play characteristics
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • 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
  • Key basin data
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Forecast data by play (outlook)
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Carboniferous
  • Permian
  • Typical fiscal terms - all plays
  • TYP value creation, spend and volumes discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and volumes discovered
  • Carboniferous
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Permian
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Carboniferous
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices
  • Economic analysis: Table 2
  • Economic analysis: Table 3
  • Economic analysis: Table 4
  • Economic analysis: Table 5

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