DrillOrDrop’s review of the latest UK onshore oil data for February 2022: small recovery in daily production but monthly volumes down
Daily production: 14,155 barrels per day (bopd)
Weight: 51,896 tonnes
Volume of onshore as a proportion of UK total oil production: 1.71%
Volume of flared gas at UK onshore oilfields: 573 ksm3
Volume of vented gas at UK onshore oilfields: 108 ksm3
Headline of the month
Lowest monthly volume since February 2011 but small recovery in daily production after January 2022 fall.
The data in this post was compiled and published by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) from reports by oil companies. It is published about three months in arrears. All the charts are based on the NSTA data.
- Total onshore barrels of oil per day (bopd) were up just over 1% from 14,010 barrels per day in January 2022. But daily production was more than 2% down on February 2021.
- February 2022 saw the joint fifth lowest daily production since Feb 2021.
Volume and weight
- Lowest monthly volume for 11 years
- Weight and volume were down just over 8% on January, probably reflecting the shorter month
- February 2022 was 2% down on February 2021 and 12% down on February 2020
Contribution to UK oil production volume
- The onshore contribution to total UK oil production was up marginally from 1.69% in January 2022 but remained the second lowest month since March 2021.
- The volume of gas flared from UK onshore oil fields in February 2022 fell 16%, compared with January 2022.
- The percentage fall was about the double the drop in the volume of oil production.
- February 2022 continued a downward trend, which began in November 2021.
The volume of was gas vented by UK onshore oil fields rose almost 2% between January and February 2022. The monthly total, at 108 ksm3, was the same as in February 2021. It was below the average for the past year.
Top 20 fields
Six of the top 10 fields saw falls in production in February 2022, compared with January 2022
The biggest UK onshore producer, Wytch Farm, saw production drop to 53,439m3 in February 2022, its lowest monthly figure since September 2011. But daily production rose from 11,728 bopd in January 2022 to 12,004 bopd in February 2022.
IGas sites at Singleton, Stockbridge and Scampton North all saw increases on the previous month
According to the data, Stockbridge reclaimed its fourth place in the rankings. Monthly volume at the field rose above 1,000m3 for only the third time in the past year.
Scampton North rose to 10th from 15th in January 2022 with a 25% increase in production to 299m3 in February 2022. But February’s monthly volume was the third lowest recorded at the field, according to the data. Production rose in August 2020 after IGas began water reinjection at the field. But since August 2021, there have been four months of falling volumes.
Horse Hill fell another place to 13th. Monthly production dropped to 262m3, the lowest since September 2021, when production was suspended for several weeks. Daily production also fell slightly, from 60 bopd in January 2022 to 59 bopd. The volume of water production has fallen since October 2021, to 147m3 in February 2022.
Variable production levels continued at Humbly Grove with volume down from 1,400m3 in January 2022 to 475m3 in February 2022. The field fell from 4th to 7th in top 20 rankings.
At Newton-on-Trent, the data has been altered since we last reported. The January 2022 release suggested the field had produced 480 tonnes, the first time in more than 10 years. In the February 2022 release, the data indicates that the field was still not producing.
As well as Newton-on-Trent, there was also no production at Avington, Beckingham West, Egmanton, Scampton, South Leverton, Dukes Wood, Palmers Wood, Kirklington, Lidsey, Brockham, Waddock Cross and Nettleham.
With the NSTA correction for Newton-on-Trent, the non-producing fields remained the same as in January 2022.
The UK’s biggest onshore operator, Perenco, again saw its total monthly production fall in February 2022, down 7.5% to 44,082 tonnes. The company’s contribution to UK onshore oil production rose slightly to 84.94%, up from 83.86% in January 2022.
Second-placed operator, IGas, saw production rise by 8 tonnes in February 2022, compared with the month before. Its contribution to UK onshore oil increased to 12.62% (January 2022 11.49%)
EP UK Investments saw its figure drop by more than 764 tonnes, with the fall in oil production at Humbly Grove.
February 2022 also saw falls in production for Egdon Resources and Europa Oil & Gas.
Egdon’s site at Wressle in North Lincolnshire remains under test and its production figures are not yet included in the data.