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North Sea

North Sea industry transition to continue in 2020

23/12/2019

The North Sea oil industry has been in transition for some years following the collapse of oil prices in late 2014.  Large cost reductions have been painfully achieved.  Production has increased due to a combination of new fields coming on stream plus a substantial increase in production efficiency to around 75%.  But new field investment expenditure has fallen dramatically since 2015 and exploration remains at a relatively low level reflecting principally the maturity of the province as well as oil and gas prices far below their pre-2015 levels.

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