Southern North Sea Special Interest Group Launched



A steering group of offshore companies has been appointed to work together to explore opportunities to maximize remaining gas reserves in the Southern North Sea (SNS).

The SNS Special Interest Group (SIG) comprises a mix of operators, duty holders, service businesses and supply chain organizations, which were chosen among a range of applications to be part of the initiative launched by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), Oil & Gas UK and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR). Members include Shell, Premier Oil, ENGIE E&P UK, Aker Solutions, and Statoil.

SNS SIG's remit seeks to maximize the economic recovery (MER) of gas reserves for at least another 20 years by identifying new opportunities, including examining the potential for carboniferous gas reserves. It will also seek to nurture collaboration and co-operation between existing operators, and with offshore wind developers, as well as examining how equipment and processes might be standardized to drive costs down.

Companies selected for the steering group represent regional, national and international interests and were chosen to reflect the spread of the industry following a gap analysis.

The SIG was launched by Eric Marston, OGA Southern North Sea and Morecambe Bay manager, at EEEGR’s House of Commons reception in October. Its first meeting will take place in December 2016.



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