European marine boreholes

The database on offshore hydrocarbon extraction boreholes in the EU was created in 2014 by Cogea for the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). It is the result of the aggregation and harmonization of datasets provided by several sources from all across the EU (plus Norway and Montenegro). It is updated every year, and is available for viewing and download on EMODnet - Human Activities web portal ( The database contains points representing offshore hydrocarbon boreholes drilled in the following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Greece (only for western coast), Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and UK. Each point has the following attributes (where available): status (active, abandoned, suspended, other), country, code, name, year (spud date), purpose (exploration, exploitation, other), content (crude oil, natural gas, crude oil and natural gas, dry, other), operator, drilling company/facility, distance to coast (metres) and water depth (metres). The distance to coast (EEA coastline shapefile) has been calculated using the original data map projections, where available. In the other cases it was used the UTM WGS84 Zone projected ccoordinate system where data fall in. Compared with the previous version this new version has been updated for most of the countries that have published or sent their last release of data.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Partner PP7
Topic category Oil and gas
Sub category O&G extraction areas
Resource language English
Domain area European Seas
Owner EMODnet Human Activities
Provider EMODNET
Data portal EMODnet Human Activities
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - mixed types
Coordinate reference system epsg:4326 - WGS84 (degree)
Web services
Temporal extent 2014-04-14
Data accessibility
Validation level Official data
Additional information Re-use of content for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the sources (both EMODnet - Human Activities, and primary sources) are acknowledged. EMODnet - Human Activities accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the re-use of content accessible on its website. Data on Germany are not available for download in order to comply with the terms of use of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
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