It was provisionally awarded two new blocks in the UK Government’s 30th offshore licensing round.
The new acreage already contains the Crown oil discovery which was found by a ConnocoPhilips well in 1998, and, has been estimated to contain 4-16mln barrels of oil, with the mid-case presently pitched at around 9mln barrels.
United plans to conduct new work programmes to advance Crown towards a development, starting with seismic reprocessing designed to reduce uncertainties relating to estimated oil volumes and to help select future well locations.
Additionally, the company highlighted that the whole new acreage package spans some 13.6 square kilometres and contains multiple exploration targets.
"We rated the Crown discovery our primary target in the 30th Round,” said Brian Larkin, United chief executive.
“This was based on the results of extensive technical work carried out over the available acreage ahead of the application.
“We are therefore looking forward to commencing the work programme which is focused on progressing the Crown discovery towards development, as well as delineating additional prospectivity across both licences.”
Larkin added: “Crown is the latest addition to our growing portfolio of high grade targets in the UK, Italy, and offshore Jamaica that are at various stages of development and monetisation.
“We continue to evaluate further acquisition opportunities and with activity taking place across our portfolio in H2 2018, including appraisal drilling of the Colter Discovery, the next few months will not be short of high impact newsflow."