Offshore Licensing Rounds

Round Year Blocks offered Blocks applied for Blocks awarded Appns Licences Licence numbers Licence terms (years) Next licence event as determined by licence provisions at issue
1 1964 960 394 348 31 53 P001-P053 6+40 Expires September 2010
2 1965 1102 127 127 21 37 P054-P090 6+40 Expires November 2011
3 1970 157 117 106 34 37 P091-P127 6+40 Expires June to September 2016 and October 2017
4(a) 1971-2 436 286 282 259 118 P128-P245 6+40 Expires December 2017 to March 2018
5 1976-7 71 51 44 53 28 P259-P286 4+3+30 Expires November 2014 to August 2016
6 1978-9 46 46 42 55 26 P297-P322 4+3+30 Expires July 2016 to July 2017
7 1980-1 395 97 90 125 91 P325-P415 6+30 Expires December 2016 to October 2017
8(a) 1982-3 184 84 70 60 55 P417-P471 6+30 Expires January 2019 to May 2019
9(a) 1984-5 195 120 93 149 89 P477-P565 6+30 Expires January 2021 to June 2021
10 1986-7 127 61 51 75 51 P566-P616 6+30 Expires June 2023
11 1988-9 212 115 115 125 105 P617-P721 6+12+18 End of second term July 2007
12 1990-1 161 116 107 115 74 P722-P795 6+12+18 End of second term July 2009
13(b) 1990-1 117 66 66 13 6 P796-P801 9+15+24 End of second term July 2015
14 1992-3 484 128 110 97 79 P803-P881 6+12+18 End of second term March to July 2011
15 1994 81 34 29 25 20 P882-P901 6+12+18 End of second term September 2012
16 1994-5 164 82 79 61 45 P902-P946 6+12+18 End of second term July 2013
17 1996-7 275 127 114 32 25 P948-P972 3+6+15+24 Variable relinquishment 2006(c)
18 1998 602 82 78 43 47 P975-P1021 6+12+18 50% relinquishment December 2004
19 2000-1 44 12 12 13 8 P1023-P1030 6+12+18 50% relinquishment June 2007
20 2002 289 36 36 29 25 P1039-P1063 4+4+18 50% relinquishment by July 2006
21

2003

611 211 138 70 89 P1064-P1152

4+4+18

50% relinquishment September 2007

Notes:

  1. Licences issued other than in formal Licensing Rounds, including Segregation Licences and Out-of-Round Licences, are not included here.
  2. One Licence number (P476) was allocated, but in the end was never used.
  3. From the 11th Round on, Licences continue into final term only if development already approved or imminent.
  4. A single application may cover separated areas, leading to more than one Licence, which is why Licences awarded may outnumber applications.
  5. "Blocks" includes parts of blocks.

Footnotes:

(a) 15 blocks offered in sealed-bid auction; the rest in standard way.
(b) Frontier Round.
(c) One third relinquishment if two or more wells drilled; two thirds if only one well drilled; all if no wells drilled.

Acreage offered We recently compiled a list of the Blocks offered in each Round. It can be downloaded here as a 58kB tab-separated ASCII file, and here as a 337kB Excel 2000 file. It comprises three columns showing Quadrant, Block and Round respectively. You can sort, filter or otherwise manipulate the list as you require. Bear in mind that, while we have tried to make the list as accurate as possible, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Also bear in mind that precise Block designations are temporary, and may be ambiguous when comparing different dates (for instance, 14/28b in 1990 may not have been the same area as it was in 1980; and it may have been offered earlier still as part of 14/28).

This data was last updated on : November 2002 and is due to be updated on : As and when necessary

If any errors are found or if you have any comments or other queries please contact:

Mike Hawkins
email: michael.hawkins@dti.gsi.gov.uk
phone: +44 (0) 20 7215 5098
fax: +44 (0) 20 7215 5142

To download this table click the appropriate format: Excel or CSV file.


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