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英国近海石油天然气招标吸引力十足

【Platts网11月22日报道】为发展英国离岸产业,英国已陆续出售部分地区的近海使用权,允许中标者进行勘探。英国石油和天然气工业贸易协会表示,这些交易对英国离岸业来说是个好消息,增强了北海未来的信心,有利于英国逐步摆脱石油价格暴跌导致的经济低迷。英国最近一次海上招标与去年同期相比有很大提升。尽管经济环境困难,但英国近海石油天然气招标对工业界吸引力十足。

UK offshore oil, natural gas licensing round attracts 'strong' interest, adds to positive sentiment
The latest offshore bidding round in the UK saw 68 companies submit applications for 239 blocks on offer on the UK Continental Shelf -- well up on last year's round -- with the UK Oil and Gas Authority saying Wednesday the result confirmed the "high remaining potential" of the UK offshore.

• Licensing authority points to 'high potential' of UKCS
• Follows increase in M&A activity across UK offshore
• Next round to offer 'high-impact' exploration opportunities

The UK's 30th licensing round, which closed Tuesday, offered acreage across all of the shelf's main basins, including the Southern, Central and Northern North Sea, the West of Shetland and the East Irish Sea.

"Despite the difficult economic environment, industry has responded strongly to this round," the OGA's head of exploration and new ventures, Nick Richardson, said.

The round comes amid renewed interest in the UK offshore generally with an uptick in merger and acquisition activity seen as evidence of a rebound in the sector after several years of adversity.
Earlier this week, BP sold a package of North Sea assets to UK minnow Serica Energy and chemicals major Ineos announced its first move into UK exploration by taking majority stakes in two gas-rich licenses in the area West of Shetland.

Deirdre Michie, CEO of industry trade association Oil and Gas UK, said the deals were good news for the UK offshore industry.

"After three difficult years, they reinforce the gathering strength of belief in the future of the UK North Sea as we move slowly out of the downturn caused by the oil price slump," Michie said.

This year's license round bidders ranged from multinationals to new country entrants, the OGA said, confirming it would offer awards to successful applicants during the second quarter of 2018.

The 29th licensing round, which closed in October 2016, attracted just 24 companies, though it was focused on under-explored areas of the Rockall Basin, the Mid-North Sea High, and part of the East Shetland Platform.

EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE

The latest round offered a large inventory of prospects and undeveloped discoveries, the OGA said.

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

"Efforts by the OGA to provide new data, analysis and insights has stimulated a number of high quality applications."

Attention will now turn to the 31st round, scheduled to be launched in mid-2018, which will provide high-impact exploration opportunities in under-explored areas of the UK continental shelf.

To support the next licensing round, the OGA said it would release the results of the 2016 government-funded seismic program on November 27.

Almost 19,000 km of newly acquired, broadband seismic data will be made freely available, together with approximately 23,000 km of reprocessed legacy seismic data and well data packages.

The data covers the East Shetland Platform, North West Scotland, South West Approaches, East Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Cardigan Bay, Morecambe Bay, Bristol Channel and English Channel.

( 译者:吴广慧  审校:国依依 )

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