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UK Oil & Gas Authority Awards 65 Companies Licenses in Offshore Round

09/03/2020 | 05:35am EST

By Joe Hoppe


BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are among 65 companies that have been awarded licenses in the latest U.K. offshore round.

The U.K. Oil & Gas Authority said Thursday that it has awarded 113 license areas over 259 blocks or part-blocks in the 32nd round, offering blocks in mature, oil-producing areas close to existing infrastructure and under a flexible Innovate License. This allows applicants to define a license duration and phasing to maximize the recovery of U.K. oil and gas resources.

Other U.K. companies that have secured a license include Corallian Energy Ltd., Deltic Energy PLC, EnQuest PLC, Hague & London Oil PLC, Independent Oil & Gas PLC, Jersey Oil & Gas PLC, Parkmead Group PLC, and Premier Oil PLC.

The majority of the licenses are for initial-term exploration stages, including commitments to undertake seismic surveys and feasibility studies, with a further 16 for licenses that proceed straight to the second term, for potential development or redevelopment of fields. Most licenses carry drill or drop commitments.


Write to Joe Hoppe at joseph.hoppe@wsj.com


Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BP PLC -2.20% 302.45 Delayed Quote.18.70%
DELTIC ENERGY PLC 0.00%End-of-day quote.-49.21%
ENQUEST PLC -3.77% 13.26 Delayed Quote.17.35%
INDEPENDENT OIL AND GAS PLC 0.00% 16.25 Delayed Quote.23.11%
JERSEY OIL AND GAS PLC -7.22% 122 Delayed Quote.-2.01%
LONDON BRENT OIL -2.91% 54.8 Delayed Quote.9.17%
PREMIER OIL PLC -5.29% 21.32 Delayed Quote.8.58%
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC -1.67% 16.79 Real-time Quote.14.89%
SERICA ENERGY PLC -3.96% 126.2 Delayed Quote.9.74%
THE PARKMEAD GROUP PLC -4.72% 35.3 Delayed Quote.-8.90%
UNITED OIL & GAS PLC 0.00% 3 Delayed Quote.0.84%
WTI -3.09% 52.11 Delayed Quote.11.60%
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