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SNS Rejuvenation

The Southern North Sea is at a critical point in its energy history. For over 40 years, the basin has developed and delivered strong gas production through a network of offshore platforms, pipelines and onshore terminals. The basin has been well exploited and the opportunity to identify and develop large “landmark” discoveries is increasingly limited.

But significant potential remains; estimated at eight trillion cubic feet; half which is hard to reach “tight gas” which is increasingly expensive and complex to access. Both technical and commercial risks are high and opportunities can be quickly disregarded as uneconomic.

The challenge for the Southern North Sea is how to harness this remaining potential by searching for innovative business and technical solutions. This challenge is set against a backdrop of depressed commodity prices, ageing infrastructure and increasing unit transportation costs, as production from existing developments continues to decline.

The group meets every month and the most recent update can be found HERE.

The group is made up of four work-streams that currently cover:

  • Tight Gas
  • Synergies between the renewables sector and E&P
  • Opportunities for sharing best practise, between the UK and NL
  • Production losses due to salting

The SNS Rejuvenation SIG, Terms of Reference can be found HERE.

 Latest SIG Meeting Update

The SIG met at NCFC on 4th March 2019. The meeting was very well attended with representatives from 9 different SNS operators. Also present was the OGA, OGUK, EEEGR and National Grid (NG). The group welcomed NG to the SIG in order to hear about their plans for Bacton Terminal and how industry can potentially support the future of the NG terminal. The OGA presented to the group the latest insights from the stewardship survey, including both production and unit costs for the SNS. Updates on the three current SIG sponsored work groups was also provided, including the tight gas, salt management and energy integration work groups. The group discussed the potential to introduce new workgroups as existing work groups reach maturity. This includes one new work group which will look at the SNS infrastructure and how this matures in time as new fields are developed whilst others reach the end of economic life.

The group will next meet during the first day of SNS2019, Wednesday 15th May. On the following day, Thursday 16th May, OGA and EEEGR will host a SNS Exploration Event for which further details are available on both the OGA and EEEGR websites, or see flyer here. Please contact martine.watker@eeegr.com for more information.

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