Follow onshore oil production trends with our review of the latest official monthly data
Daily production: 14,155 barrels per day (bopd)
Weight: 55,654 tonnes
Volume: 67,515 m3
Volume of onshore as a proportion of UK total oil production: 1.81%
Headlines of the month: Big changes in oil production at Stockbridge, Bletchingley, Humbly Grove and Wareham. Total weight and volume fell in line with the shorter month. Daily production was up but less than 1%.
The data in this post was compiled by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) from reports by oil companies. It is published three months in arrears. All the charts are based on the OGA data.
Daily production up slightly
- November 2021 saw an increase of 0.65% in daily production on October 2021
- But November remained below average daily production for the past previous months
- The month ranked eighth highest for daily production over the same period
- Compared with the best of the past 12 months, November’s daily production was 4.3% lower
- Daily production was down 2.4% on November 2020 and down 11.18% on November 2019
Volume and weight down
- Volume of onshore oil produced in November 2021 was down about 2.6% compared with October 2021, in line with the shorter month
- Weight was down 2.54% on the previous month
- Volume remained below 70,000m3 for the third consecutive month and weight was below 60,000 tonnes for the tenth consecutive month
Contribution to UK total oil production
- November 2021 reversed the trend of falling onshore contributions total UK oil production, rising from 1.73% to 1.81%
- This was the highest contribution since July 2021 (1.88%)
- And the fifth highest month in the past 12
Top 20 fields
Five fields in the Weald (Stockbridge, Bletchingley, Storrington, Singleton and Horndean) saw increases in production. But output fell at the Dorset fields of Wytch Farm, Wareham and Kimmeridge
Stockbridge saw production more than double in November 2021 on the previous month, up to 1,045 tonnes.
Bletchingley was up 50% to 236 tonnes and Storrington rose 29% to 163 tonnes.
Humbly Grove fell 74% on October 2021 to 154 tonnes and Wareham was down 32% to 202 tonnes.
Horse Hill dropped 7% to 243 tonnes after a rise in October 2021
The top ranking UK onshore fields, Wytch Farm and Welton, both fell slightly on the month before
Production rose at half the top 20 fields (in order of % increase, largest first): Stockbridge, Bletchingley, Storrington, Singleton, Whisby, Horndean, Beckingham, Cold Hanworth and Scampton North
Production fell (in order of % fall, largest first) at: Humbly Grove, Wareham, Long Clawson, Corringham, Glentworth, Horse Hill, Kimmeridge, Gainsborough, Wytch Farm and Welton
- According to the November 2021 data, production rose dramatically at Stockbridge.
- Weight was up from 509 tonnes in October 2021 to 1,045 tonnes. Daily production also more than doubled from 124 bopd to 263 bopd.
- This is the highest production at Stockbridge since August 2019.
- Production bounced back from a sharp fall in October 2021.
- Weight was up from 158 tonnes to 236 tonnes.
- Daily production rose from 39 bopd to 60 bopd.
- But production is still not back to levels in the summer and early autumn, when average daily rates were 74-88 bopd.
Storrington, West Sussex
- Production recovered at Storrington after a fall in October 2021
- Weight was back at above 150 tonnes
- Daily production reached 39 bopd, the highest level since April 2021
Humbly Grove, Hampshire
- Production dropped sharply and the site fell in the rankings from 4 to 18
- Weight of produced oil sank to 154 tonnes, from 600 in October 2021
- The site’s contribution to UK onshore oil totals fell from 1.05% in October 2021 to 0.28%
- Production at Wareham dropped nearly 100 tonnes between October and November 2021 to 202 tonnes
- Daily production dropped to 49 bopd, the lowest level in the past 12 months apart from August 2021
- The site’s ranking fell from 11 to 14
Horse Hill, Surrey
- Daily production, at 60 bopd, was the lowest for the previous 12 months (excluding September 2021 when production was suspended for a fortnight)
- Weight and volume of oil also fell on the previous month and remain below pre-shutdown levels
- Horse Hill climbed one place in the rankings, from 12 to 11 in November 2021
Wytch Farm, Dorset
- The UK’s largest onshore producer saw production fall by nearly 2,000 tonnes in November 2021 (46,241 tonnes), compared with October 2021 (48123)
- Daily production was down to 11,845 bopd, from 11,930 bopd in October
- This was the lowest level since July 2021
- The field’s contribution to total UK onshore oil production fell to just over 83%, down from 84.25% the month before
The largest onshore producer, Perenco, saw its weight of oil fall about 2,000 tonnes to 46,644 tonnes following falling production at Wytch Farm, Wareham and Kimmeridge. The company’s contribution to total UK production dropped to 83.81% in November from 85.16% in October 2021.
Production from IGas fields rose almost 1,000 tonnes to 7,782 tonnes. This represented 13.98% of UK onshore oil production in November 2021, up from 11.97% in October 2021.
EP UK Investments, which operates Humbly Grove, dropped in the rankings from third to seventh place.
UK Oil & Gas, the parent of the Horse Hill operator, saw production fall slightly from 261 tonnes to 244 tonnes in November 2021.
Egdon Resources’ fields increased production from 157 tonnes up from 129 tonnes. But Europa Oil & Gas was down to 150 tonnes from 182 tonnes.
For another month, 12 onshore UK oil fields produced no oil. As in October 2021, they included:
- Angus Energy sites in Brockham in Surrey and Lidsey in West Sussex
- Egdon Resources fields at Kirklington, Dukes Wood and Waddock Cross
- IGas fields at Avington, Egmanton, Nettleham, Scampton and South Leverton
- Britnrg Limited site at Newton-on-Trent