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Wells Drilled On Uk Continental Shelf

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 11 December 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many exploration wells and production (including projection) wells were sunk in the British Continental Shelf in each of the years 1968 to 1980.

The numbers of exploration, appraisal and production wells drilled on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf in each of the years 1968 to 1980 are as follows:

ExplorationAppraisal*Production**
196837736
196944827
197022228
197124434
197233836
1973421921
1974673320
1975793721
1976582854
1977673896
1978372596
19793316107
19802921114
(To 29th November)

* Wells drilled in the vicinity of a discovery to help determine its extent and before a decision on whether or not to develop it is taken.

** Wells drilled from a development platform, either to produce oil or gas or to assist production, for

example, by the injection of water or gas to maintain the reservoir pressure.

House adjourned at twenty-one minutes past seven o'clock.