West of Shetland breakthrough for GDF Suez

Offshore staff

LONDON – GDF Suez E&P UK has provisionally been awarded nine licenses, three as operator, under the UK’s 27th offshore oil and gas licensing round.

Jean-Claude Perdigues, managing director, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded nine licenses in the 27th round, especially those in the west of Shetland area where we become operator for the first time. 

“These awards underscore our commitment to invest, explore, and operate in our core regions of the southern North Sea, central North Sea, and west of Shetland as we become an increasingly significant E&P player in the UK continental shelf, notably with the ongoing development of three operated projects Cygnus, Juliet, and Orca.”


GDF Suez E&P UK interest (%)

Operator       Partner(s)
Central North Sea                  
30/1g       0.5 Maersk       GDF Suez
30/2e, 30/3b       33.33 GDF Suez       JX Nippon, Maersk
30/12e       30 Talisman       GDF Suez, E.ON, Idemitsu
30/14b       50 Maersk       GDF Suez
Southern North Sea                  
48/11e       51.5625 GDF Suez       First Oil, Hansa
West of Shetland                  
208/18a, 19a, 20, 23 & 24       30 DONG       GDF Suez, Nexen

209/9, 10, 11, 12 13, 14,16 & 17 (some are part blocks)

      25 DONG       GDF Suez, Nexen, Dana

214/23, 24, 28 & 29 (some are split blocks)

      30 GDF Suez       GDF Suez, Idemitsu

219/23, 24 & 28



JX Nippon       JX Nippon

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