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small pools

Opinion

Let’s leave North Sea ‘small pools’ in the ground

I was recently reminded of a new year’s resolution that I made some years ago - one which I’m successfully keeping to this day. Back then, I committed to making the transition towards a greener, more sustainable personal lifestyle. But here’s the clever bit: I figured it would also be OK to carry on pretty much as before with all my current behaviours. So, no really big changes required and certainly no tough decisions to make. Now, maybe it’s just me, but expecting the oil industry to get right behind the energy transition whilst sticking with MER does feel kind of similar.

Offshore Europe

Simon Flowers: The big prize in the UK’s small pools

Since the 2014 Wood Review, Maximising Economic Recovery has been the remit of the Oil and Gas Authority. To achieve this, data transparency was a key aim, and in late 2016 the OGA delivered a 'Small Pools' dataset. Here, free data packages were provided for undeveloped resource on the UKCS.