According to the comprehensive documentation on the Development of UK Oil and Gas Resources, published by Data by Design Ltd at dbd-data.co.uk, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) comprises those areas of the sea bed and subsoil beyond the territorial sea over which the UK exercises sovereign rights of exploration and exploitation of natural resources. The map below shows the UKCS has been extended since the mid 1960s. The exact limits of the UKCS are set out in orders made under section 1(7)of the Continental Shelf Act 1964.
|UK Continental Shelf Designations. Source: www.dbd-data.co.uk|