Spark Exploration is focused on its 100% equity position along the prolific Rona Ridge on the UK Continental Shelf (West of Shetland region).

Spark’s acreage has world class potential in a proven hydrocarbon basin.

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Spark Exploration is focused on progressing its highly attractive petroleum acreage along the Rona Ridge in the West of Shetland region on the UK Continental Shelf.

Spark Exploration is a private company supported by a strong shareholder base including specialist resource funds and a leading global financial institution.

Spark Exploration is led by an innovative management team with extensive oil and gas experience and an intimate knowledge of the region.

Everything we do is strictly in line with our industry leading health, safety and environment objectives. Spark Exploration will not compromise on its commitment to health, safety and environment.


Spark Exploration is focused on its 100% equity position on the prolific Rona Ridge in the West of Shetland (UKCS). The Rona Ridge is a long lasting regional structural high adjacent to a world class oil-rich petroleum system where 20+ billion bbls have been discovered to date.

The company holds two licences (and a pending 32nd Round application) between multi-billion barrel accumulations (Hurricane Energy’s Lancaster - Halifax Field and BP’s Clair Field).


Spark's portfolio consists of an exciting mix of prospects across a number of plays, underpinned by an extensive database including the latest high quality 3D seismic.

Bader (mean recoverable volume 956 mmbbls, GPoS 44%, RPS Competent Persons Report Nov. 2019) is a continuation of a fractured basement mega-closure proven to contain producible hydrocarbons by Hurricane Energy’s Lancaster Field Early Production System and the 2017 Halifax discovery.

Ginger & Marmaduke are Devonian structural/stratigraphic prospects analogous to the Clair Field, currently in its third phase of development.

Cherry is a Lower Cretaceous Victory Sst stratigraphic trap against the Rona Ridge, updip of 205/20-1 where the sands were oil stained.

Tuck is an Upper Cretaceous stratigraphic prospect updip of two wells containing gas in Macbeth Sandstones. The prospect displays a strong far offset amplitude anomaly that is indicative of better quality gas bearing sandstones.


The West of Shetland

2nd largest oil play to emerge globally in the last decade

This established hydrocarbon region has produced substantial volumes over decades but recent discoveries are reinvigorating activity in the West of Shetland – and a major new play is opening up in the fractured basement of the Rona Ridge.

In fact, Westwood Global’s State of Exploration 2019 has identified the Rona Ridge fractured basement play as the second largest oil play (based on published 2C Resource estimates) to emerge globally over the last decade behind Guyana.



20 Jul 2020 Licence Extensions | Spark receives 12 month extensions to Licences P2407 and P2412 timeframes (Phase A to 30 Sep 2021) 5 Mar 2020 APPEX London Conference | Spark Exploration Presentation 14 Jan 2020 Energy Voice article | Spark Exploration targets deal on billion-barrel West of Shetland licences


11 Nov 2019 UK 32nd Round Applications | Spark submits Licence Applications for additional acreage in the West of Shetland 7 Nov 2019 Competent Persons Report Completed by RPS | Bader Mean Recoverable Resources of 956 mmbbl at 44% Chance of Success

18 Jul 2019 Upstream Article | Spark ignites farm-out hunt for partner off UK

24 JAN 2019 Upstream Article | Spark to shine light on West of Shetland play


27 Dec 2018 Energy Voice article | Spark looks to ignite interest in billion-barrel West of Shetland offering

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Board & Management

Matt Szwedzicki
(B Eng, B Comm, GAICD)
Managing Director
James Jordan
(B Sc, M Sc)
Director New Ventures & Strategic Partnerships
Mark Pay
(B Sc, M Sc, PhD)
Director Technical
Susan Jones
(B Law)
Director Legal & Commercial
Cameron Manifold
(B Eng)
Director Operations & HSE
Jim Mair

Advisor to the Board


Spark considers that the protection and preservation of health, safety and the environment (“HSE”) is core to its business. 

Spark understands the value in a robust HSE Management System which is why it has put in place the RESOLUTE Project Management Framework.  This is a company wide Management System that includes specific modules for HSE.  RESOLUTE is not just a system, it is the way Spark operates.  Its core pillars are: 

Risk Identification 

Environment Protection 

Safety Comes First 

Operational and Asset Integrity 

Leadership by All 

Unconditional Support 

Technology-led Innovation; and  


The RESOLUTE Business Management Framework is a comprehensive company wide manual on how we operate, make decisions, self audit and strive for continuous improvement

Contact Us

UK office:

112 Quayside

c/o Bond Dickinson Llp, St Ann’s Wharf

Newcastle Upon Tyne


Australian office:

12 Douro Place

West Perth WA 6005