The Association of British
Independent Exploration Companies

BRINDEX - Who are we?


The Association of British Independent Exploration Companies seeks to promote the role played by British independent exploration and production (E&P) companies in maintaining a powerful and effective UK based oil and gas industry.

By increasing awareness of the independents' achievements in developing oil and gas reserves on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), at UK onshore locations and overseas, BRINDEX aims to demonstrate our vital contribution to both the industry and the local economy.

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Key Facts:

  • Independent Sector

    Britain remains the only European country in which a substantial, independent E&P sector has been established.

  • Active

    BRINDEX members are active in 16 countries worldwide.

  • UK Offshore/Onshore

    BRINDEX members now collectively hold interests in some 418 offshore and 43 onshore licences. These include interests in 94 producing oil fields and 76 producing gas fields.

  • International Offshore/Onshore

    BRINDEX members currently hold interests in 78 producing oil and gas fields.

  • UK reserves

    Aggregate proven and probable UK reserves attributable to members at the end of 2021 amounted to 1,668 mmboe.

  • Worldwide reserves

    Worldwide proven plus probable reserves held by BRINDEX members at the end of 2021 amounted to 2,237 mmboe.

  • Market capitalisation

    The combined market capitalisation of quoted Members stands at some £7.2 billion (US$8.1 billion). In addition the value of unquoted Members of BRINDEX is estimated to be in excess of an additional £5 billion (US$5.6 billion).

Influencing licensing policy and taxation

Within the UK, independent companies have an increasingly important role to play as the province continues to mature


Mar 21
Oil and Gas Authority ESG press release

Vital climate-related information will be included alongside other key metrics in oil and gas operators and licensees' financial reports, following a successful cross-industry taskforce.

Sept 19
New Reporting Standards

BRINDEX members committed to supporting the British Government's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.