OGUK Business Outlook 2021


Production and Reserves (continued)

OGUK expects that up to eight new fields will commence production in 2021. These projects have the potential to produce 250 million boe throughout their lives and peak output of around 130,000 boepd. However, lower rates of new investment in recent years will result in less production coming on stream in the upcoming period. New fields gaining regulatory approval in 2020 unlocked just under 40 million boe of new resources — less than one-third of approvals in 2019 and 85 per cent lower than 2018. There are a range of opportunities being considered for investment approval in 2021 and 2022, but they are contingent on greater market stability and continued regulatory and government support. These projects could unlock in the region of 700 million boe over their life and therefore represent a significant opportunity to help manage the basin’s production profile and contribute towards security of UK energy supplies, but it will be the middle of the decade before they begin to make a significant contribution to UKCS output.


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