A 50-year adventure, but the North Sea exploration journey is far from complete


Source: Energy Institute (EI)

September 2014 marked the anniversary of the award of Licence P.001 to BP, which saw the birth of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) only one year later when the West Sole gas field was discovered.

In 1970 the Forties discovery was made and, after construction of the pipeline by the same name, oil was brought to UK shores in 1975. A new era in UK energy production meant the adventure was just beginning.

On the 50th anniversary of that first discovery, in September 2015, the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference – known to many as the ‘Barbican conference’ – will take place in London at the QEII Conference Centre with a focus on North West Europe. From the North Sea and surrounding onshore areas, to exploration frontiers in the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea, there is much to share from 50 years of learning.

The call for papers is currently open seeking abstracts and there will be an emphasis on knowledge transfer too because this event is about what the UKCS will mean for future generations.

The oil and gas industry is still the UK’s largest industrial investor with record cap ex of £14.4 billion in 2013. However, as capital and operating cost efficiencies reduce, there is never a better time to innovate – so it’s timely to share experience and learning and pass knowledge on.

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