UK Continental Shelf

UK Continental Shelf

The UK Continental Shelf is the region of waters surrounding the United Kingdom, in which the country claims mineral rights. This principally refers to the North Sea, where there are large resources of hydrocarbons. The North Sea is also bordered by Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands. A median line, setting out the domains of each of these nations was established by mutual agreement between them.

Responsibility for the UKCS rests with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which awards licences to oil companies to produce hydrocarbons from specific areas and regulates how much they can produce over what period.

BERR, as is the custom with offshore oil resources, has divided the UKCS into rectangular blocks, numbered from the North-West going East, then South. These blocks are then further subdivided. This then forms the block number for a particular development. For example, the Harding oilfield, which resides in a fairly northern position, is in block 9, subdivision 23, denoted "9/23" (9/23b specifically to differentiate it from the Gryphon oilfield).

ee also

*North Sea oil
*Energy policy of the United Kingdom


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