DTI, Partners List Fallow Blocks and Discoveries

The UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its partners in PILOT published a new listing of Fallow Blocks and Discoveries.

This eighth release has added 49 new Fallow Blocks and 11 new Fallow Discoveries to the list. Thirty Fallow Discoveries remain on the release list from 2002-5, bringing the total number of Fallow Discoveries now on release to 41.

On the 12th of January 2007 the Department of Trade and Industry and its partners in PILOT published a new listing of Fallow Blocks and Discoveries. For details of the process see the link below, which is an extract from the PILOT Progressing Partnership Work Group Report published in March 2002. This eighth release has added 49 new Fallow Blocks and 11 new Fallow Discoveries to the list. Thirty Fallow Discoveries remain on the release list from 2002-5, bringing the total number of Fallow Discoveries now on release to 41.

- Download a Word Doc of the Released B Blocks
- Download a Word Doc of the Released B Discoveries
At the request of the UKOOA Exploration Members Representative Team, the DTI and PILOT Fallow Workgroup have added notes for the clarification to the original Fallow process document and a complete listing of the current fallow status of both class A and class B blocks.

A significant change in the process is that both blocks and discoveries will be considered Fallow after three years (reduced from four years previously).

Also, Fallow discoveries that have been listed on the web site for two years will now be relinquished if there are no agreed plans for significant activity. Previously, the original Licensees retained these. Fallow Discoveries may now be classed as Fallow A 'Linked' to investment in an area.

Fallow Blocks

There are 49 Fallow B Blocks published that must have significant plans for activity agreed by the Department or be relinquished by 31 December 2007. Many of these have producing fields or discoveries on the block, but it is the area outside the field or discovery area that now needs significant activity. Thirty-four of these blocks were on old licenses issued before the 5th Round.

Twenty of the 40 Fallow B Blocks placed on the release list in January 2006 have now been "Rescued", where an asset transfer (operatorship) is in progress or firm plans for significant activity that will result in a drill or drop decision within one year have been agreed between the DTI and Licensees.

Four blocks placed on the release list in January 2006 are now being totally relinquished, with 11 more 2006 released blocks being partially relinquished back to existing fields or discovery areas. It was decided that the area outside the field or discovery area on two of the January 2006 released blocks was too small to relinquish under DTI guidelines, so the Licensees will retain these areas until the field or discovery is relinquished.

Fourteen exploration or appraisal wells targeting prospects on 2006 released Fallow B Blocks have been drilled: 9/5a-4 (2005 spud), 14/21a-1, 14/27a-2, 14/28b-4, 16/29-16A, 20/01-6, 20/05-10Y, 22/30a-17, 29/10-7, 30/1c-9, 30/2c-J9, 30/6a-6, 30/8-3 (2005 spud) and 44/23b-13. "J2" (20/05-10Y), Jasmine (30/6a-6), and "K4" 44/23b-13 have been announced as exploration successes. A number of other wells drilled on Fallow B Blocks in 2006 are discoveries with "TIGHT HOLE" status. New seismic has been acquired on block 22/26a and the Ettrick Field development has now been approved on 2006 fallow release blocks 20/2a and 20/3a.

Since the PILOT Fallow process began in 2002, 75 exploration or appraisal wells targeting prospects on Fallow B Blocks have been drilled.

There were 58 partially relinquished and 24 completely relinquished previously fallow blocks offered in the 24th Round. Sixty-nine blocks that had been considered Fallow B at some time since 2002 were re-licensed in the 23rd Round (55 were whole block relinquishments and 14 were the result of partial relinquishments). In the 22nd Round, 10 previously Fallow blocks were awarded. In the 21st Round, 6 previously Fallow blocks were awarded.

Fallow Discoveries

There are 41 Fallow B Discoveries on the publicized listings, which include 30 that were previously released on the website.

There are 18 "Rescued" Fallow Discoveries which now have a substantive work program agreed with the DTI. These are: 9/11-2, 9/11b-11, 9/15a-1, 13/30-2, 16/23-2, 16/23-6, 211/08a-2, 211/13-1, 211/28-1A, 211/18-9, 3/28a-2, 42/29-6, 42/29-7, 48/16b-2, 44/22c-9, 53/01-3, 53/01a-13 and 53/04-1.

Five fallow discoveries have had appraisal drilling: 204/19-10 (on "Alligin" 204/19-6), 48/02a-4 (on "Babbage" 48/2-1), 48/14-5 (on "Ensign" 48/14-2) and 49/20a-7 (on "Lucy" now Shamrock 49/20-2), and 53/5b-7 (on Davy East 53/5b-5). Ten Field Development Plans on previously fallow discoveries have been approved: Nicol, Ettrick, Merganser, Mimas, Chiswick, Grove, Tethys, Wenlock, Thurne and Davy East. Four fallow discoveries have had new seismic acquired over them: 2/05-10, 3/30-3, 3/30a-4 and 16/29-4.

Further Information

Anyone interested in a particular asset should initially approach the named contact (normally the Operator), but may also approach partners to see if they are interested in a plan for significant activity, which can then be put to the DTI. Information regarding other licensees for any asset can be found from this link.

For information on the Fallow process contact Jen Brzozowska, Head of Exploration on 020 7215 5138 or Email Jen.Brzozowska@dti.gsi.gov.uk

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