The Resolution gas discovery on licence P1929 is  an early North Sea discovery made by Total in 1966. 

Egdon was awarded Licence P1929 containing the Resolution discovery -then called the A Prospect -in April 2013 covering offshore blocks 41/18 and 41/19 located adjacent to the North Yorkshire coast. The licence, awarded as a result of 26th UK Seaward Licensing Round, is a Traditional Licence with Egdon Resources U.K. Limited currently holding 100% interest and Operatorship.

  • In April 2019 we announced the results of a Competent Person’s Report (“CPR”) prepared by Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC in relation to the Resolution gas discovery. Schlumberger has made independent estimates of mean Contingent Gas Resources of 231bcf that can be attributed to the Zechstein reservoir in the 1966 gas discovery made by Total in well 41/18-2 (UK). Dynamic reservoir modelling indicates the potential for gas flow rates between  17-22 MMscfd per well.
  • The later Endeavour discovery tested gas at rates of 14.9 MMscfd (41/24-1) to 34.3 MMscfd (41/24-3)  is a potential satellite development to Resolution with mean Prospective Resources of 18 bcf gas (Egdon’s estimate).
  • In addition, exploration upside exists in the underlying Carboniferous (tight gas).

on 20 January 2020 we announced a Farm-In Agreement with Shell U.K. Limited. Shell will acquire a 70% working interest in Licences P1929 and P2304, and be appointed as the licence operator

Latest news 8 June 2020

Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to provide an update on UK offshore licences P1929 and P2304 (“the Licences”) and the Farm-In Agreement with Shell U.K. Limited (“Shell”).

As advised on 21 January 2020, the farm-in by Shell was conditional upon;

  • Receiving approval from the Oil & Gas Authority (“OGA”); and
  • Agreement of a mutually acceptable forward work programme and timeline with the OGA

In December 2019 Egdon announced that the OGA had granted extensions to the Licences to 31 May 2020. We are pleased to report that the OGA has now agreed to extend further the licence terms and amend the work obligations for both P1929 and P2304 as follows:

P1929 and P2304

The initial term of the Licences shall be extended to 31 May 2024; subject to fulfilling the following firm commitments;

  1. by 31 May 2021, acquire 400 km2 of 3D seismic in P1929 and P2304 or relinquish the Licences
  2. by 30 November 2022, undertake to drill one well in either P1929 or P2304 to a depth of 1700 metres True Vertical Depth Subsea (TVDss), or 75 metres below the Base Permian Unconformity; or relinquish the Licences

We will now progress the assignment of the licence interests and operatorship of the Licences to Shell.  On completion Egdon will retain a 30% interest in the Licences.  Under the terms of the Farm-In Agreement, Shell will pay 85% of the costs of the acquisition and processing of the 3D seismic survey covering both the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries. The carry on the acquisition costs will be capped at US$5 million gross, beyond which Egdon would pay 30% of the survey costs. Furthermore, Shell will also pay 100% of all studies and manpower costs through to the well investment decision on the Licences.

Commenting on the update, Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Egdon Resources plc, said:

“Working closely with our partner Shell, we are pleased to have reached agreement with the OGA to extend the Licences coupled with revised work obligations and timelines. We will now   focus on completing the licence assignments and transfer of operatorship to Shell and progressing the planned appraisal activity on the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries. 

The first part of this work programme will be the acquisition of a marine 3D seismic survey.  We look forward to building on our close working relationship with Shell and benefitting from their substantial worldwide operational experience and expertise; notably the development of carbonate reservoirs characteristic of the Resolution and Endeavour discoveries.”