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Remaining hydrocarbons won’t come for free says industry body

Published:  12 September, 2014

A recent statement by Oil & Gas UK on remaining UKCS potential said that both Sir Ian Wood and Professor Alex Kemp’s comments were timely reminders that there are significant hydrocarbons left in the UKCS, but these will not come for free.

The challenge, according to Oil & Gas UK, is for both governments and industry alike to ensure there is a business environment which encourages the maximum economic recovery of the UKCS, recognising that future opportunities are likely to be more expensive to develop and less commercially attractive to investors.

However the industry organisation added that it would urge caution about predicted future potential from the North Sea, highlighting how last week’s N-56 report on offshore unconventional gas made considerable predictions based on largely unproven and untested methods: “Professor Kemp’s modelling identifies future recoverable reserves, but these will be more difficult and therefore even more expensive to produce. Given the technical, pricing and cost uncertainties, any long term production and tax forecasts are inherently uncertain and should be treated as such given the broader commercial pressures on the oil and gas industry.”

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