Latest UK onshore oil production data: February 2021

Key figures

53,165 tonnes (January 2021 60,083),

64,507 m3 (January 2021 72,911),

14,491 barrels of oil per day (January 2021 14,794)

1.59% of total UK oil production (January 2021 1.63%)

Source: Oil & Gas Authority

Total UK onshore production in February 2021 was 93% that of February 2020 and 92% of February 2019.

The last time the rate of onshore oil production in barrels per day (bpd) was lower was in March 2013.

The data in this post is published by the Oil & Gas Authority, three months in arrears.

Top producers

Source: Oil & Gas Authority

Wytch Farm, Dorset: The UK’s largest onshore producer saw production in barrels per day fall in February 2021 by 1.7% on January 2021. February 2021 was also below December 2020 but above November 2020.

Stockbridge, Hampshire: Rose two places in the rankings from 6 in January 2021 to 4 in February. Production in bpd was up 28% on January. February’s figure of 161 bpd was the highest monthly rate since October 2020.

Palmers Wood, Surrey: Oil production resumed after a break since April 2020. February 2021 was just below the level recorded in January 2020.

Long Clawson, Leicestershire: Production rose to 149 tonnes (34 bpd), up on January 2021 and February 2020 but below the 2020 peak of 341 tonnes (70 bpd) in August 2020.

Horse Hill, Surrey: Barrels per day was down slightly on January (99, compared with 102) but up on December 2020 (82). Horse Hill oil production peaked in April 2020 at 243bpd.

The ranking of companies remained the same as January 2021:

Source: Oil & Gas Authority


In February 2021, UK onshore oil fields produced 328,745 bpd of formation water, down slightly on the 334,518 bpd in January 2021.

The proportion of produced water to the total fluid production, known as the water cut, averaged 61% in February 2021, up slightly from 60% in January 2021.

The February 2021 water cut ranged from 96% at Wytch Farm to 0.4% at Farleys Wood, Nottinghamshire.

At Horse Hill, where a workover in autumn 2020 aimed to solve problems of water production in the HH-1 well, the water cut dropped to 31% in February 2021, compared with 35% in January 2021.

The largest volume of injected water was at Wytch Farm, followed by Welton in Lincolnshire and Humbly Grove in Hampshire.

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10 replies »

  1. And there we have Stockbridge rising up the table, and still no issue with one of the world’s most pristine chalk rivers. Wold(ers) note.

    Amazing how reality shines through if there are those interested enough to see. Like Eddy Stone through the fog.

    Meanwhile, Brent now at $71/barrel, and strong pressure being exerted upon levels of inflation in the western world. High levels of enforced joblessness and high inflation, oh the “joys” of the 70s revisited unless care is taken. No wonder Rishi is starting to put on the brakes. What may assist him to avoid going too fast? Oh yes, maximize tax revenues by maximizing UK production-including oil and gas.

    • Yes, oil production will fall over the next decade as the lack of exploration and investment in the oil industry begins to reduce supply. The price of petrol will rise in parallel and feed into inflation. Eventually this will become a serious political issue and only then will he government begin to take a more balanced view of the energy price and security versus pollution and green issues dilemma. There will indeed be an energy crisis brought about by unintended reactions to climate warming concerns.

      • Only the antis can be so certain around being incorrect, Paul!

        (I once heard that a sophisticated Internet “service” was conducted by them! Well, I’m not certain that I find fake news to be sophisticated, especially when it is around matters that can easily and quickly be verified, but once you have problems with numbers, then always problems with numbers, I suppose.)

        Still above $70!

        Meanwhile, I note Rishi has put the brakes on the amount for schools catching up extra spend. Will be more of the same to come. Huge borrowing may make the stock markets look good but is not a reflection of business, simply of the amount of money injected into economies. Inflation now the big issue. Some politicians will push for more spending as they will gain if inflation lets rip, others will have to deal with the issue a bit more conservatively. Covid allowing, back to the real world coming shortly. For those who built up a bit of a cash balance over the last year, not too painful, but for those who didn’t, it could be difficult.

  2. Take it up with HL, Robin. $71.36 according to them.

    But, with it forecast to head to $80 before long, what’s a dollar or two?

  3. rfg; What’s a few dollar between energy differences, the oil price states a requirement and a demand, the more that’s made from FF the more the greenies can spout their lack of energy transition efficiencies!!

  4. Looks like the legal decisions restricting the the activities of international oil and gas companies will further reduce supply. This will make us increasingly dependent on national oil companies in the Middle East and Russia.

    Reuters reports that “A high-level executive from Russia’s Gazprom said: “It looks like the West will have to rely more on what it calls ‘hostile regimes’ for its supply”.”.

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  5. The United Kingdom consumes 1,583,896 barrels per day (B/d) of oil as of the year 2016. Horse Hill apparently is contributing about 100 bopd, is it really important? Even at $80 a barrel it’s only paying wages and running costs , the pollution is free

  6. If it is not important, then why are you helping crowd funding to stop it Jono?

    You answered your own question twice. The pollution is LESS from HH than from oil produced thousands of miles away with lax standards and then significant transport emissions to get it to UK.

    Every little helps if it is more environmentally friendly than what it replaces-otherwise, why would anyone do anything to help mitigate against climate change? It seems it is/are the antis who claim to be supporting the environment who are unable to deal with the consequences of their actions when they are clearly doing the opposite (fake maths. do not count!)

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