List of oil and gas fields of the North Sea

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This list of oil and gas fields of the North Sea contains links to oil and natural gas reservoirs beneath the North Sea. In terms of the oil industry, "North Sea oil" often refers to a larger geographical set, including areas such as the Norwegian Sea and the UK "Atlantic Margin" (west of Shetland) which are not, strictly speaking, part of the North Sea.

List of fields[edit]

map of exclusive economic zones

South to north.


United Kingdom[edit]



  • Onshore
    • Wietze near Hanover, discovered in 1859
    • The Schoenebeek field of the Netherlands extends across the border
  • Offshore
    • Mittelplate, approx. 2 Mio m³/a of crude oil production
    • A6/B4, gas field 300 km in the North Sea, gas transport via the NOGAT pipeline




Associated, but not strictly North Sea[edit]

  • Ireland (includes Northern Ireland)
    • Onshore
      • Larne - tiny prospect under the basalts
      • Other small prospects, and significant coal-bed methane
    • Offshore
      • Kinsale Head - gas development off the coast of Cork, exhausted and now proposed for use as carbon dioxide or natural gas storage
      • Corrib Gas Field - about to start production to a controversial onshore processing plant
      • Inishbeg - prospect announced to the NW of Donegal; due to be drilled August 2006
      • Barryroe - oil and gas discovery south of Cork; appraisal results formally announced March 2012
      • Dunquin - off Irish west coast; owned by ExxonMobil, Repsol, Providence and Sosina; drilling was to start in 2013 on a potentially large field[10]
      • Spanish Point - field due for exploration in 2013, due north of Dunquin, off County Clare on the Irish West Coast[11]
      • Dalkey Island - Irish Sea prospect
  • Faroes
    • Offshore
      • Various blocks licensed for exploration, several discoveries not yet developed[citation needed]
  • Iceland
    • Offshore
      • Nothing published, but the idea is not inconceivable on the ridges extending towards Iceland from the Faroes and the East Greenland Coast
  • East Greenland
    • Onshore
      • No prospects reported, though sediments analogous to the Mesozoic and Caenozoic deposits of the North Sea are known, so there is appreciable interest. Development would be formidably difficult, technically, logistically and politically.
    • Offshore
      • A recent conference on hydrocarbon prospects in arctic Russia (Geological Society, London; February 2006) had several speakers mention major gas prospectivity on the East Greenland coast, but they cited no sources. A conference volume was due towards the end of 2006, which may elaborate.
  • Barents Sea
    • Onshore
      • No significant prospects or potential
    • Offshore
      • Significant exploration, appraisal and development. Major discoveries are the Snøhvit gasfield, operated by Statoil in the Norwegian sector and the Stokhmanovskoye gasfield planned to be operated by Gazprom in the Russian sector.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crouch et al (1996). In Rondeel et al. (eds) Geology of gas and oil under the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic, the Netherlands, pp. 93-102
  2. ^ Hayhurst, Ruth (23 April 2014). "Energy Department lists 80+ oil and gas wells in Sussex". "drillordrop". 
  3. ^ DTI Brown book
  4. ^ DECC website
  5. ^ Maersk Oil and Gas
  6. ^ Dansk Undergrunds Consortium
  7. ^ "Danish Energy Authority Oil and Gas Fields". Accessed on August 19, 2007
  8. ^ "Statoil Gudrun platform leak triggers shutdown". Petro Global News. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Norwegian Petroleum Directorate fact pages on oil fields
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