U.K. AWARDS 107 OFFSHORE EXPLORATION BLOCKS
Britain has awarded 107 blocks for exploration in the North Sea, Irish Sea, and English Channel in its 12th licensing round. And in the first frontier round, 66 blocks were awarded in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Shetland Islands as part of six groups of acreage. Sixty-nine companies were involved in groups awarded licenses in the 12th round, while six groups that acquired frontier blocks were made up of 17 companies.