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Spark Exploration is focused on its contiguous 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 privately owned 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 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 10+ billion bbls have been discovered to date.

The company holds a group of Licences adjacent to the BP operated Clair Field.

Spark is a 50% joint venture partner with leading West of Shetland operator Siccar Point Energy on Licence P2593. In addition, Spark holds 100% equity interest in Licences P2407 and P2412.


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

Spark's portfolio includes:

Gas Appraisal opportunity: The 206/11-1 gas discovery in P2412 contains circa 200 bcf (Mean recoverable) and has historically been overlooked but it represents an attractive potential development (Total's nearby Edradour development can be considered an analogue). In addition, appraising this discovery could simultaneously test the Tuck prospect, providing major upside volumes. 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.

Ginger is a Devonian structural/stratigraphic prospect 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.




15 Dec 2020 PESGB Prospex Conference | Spark Exploration Presentation 3 Sep 2020 32nd Round Update | Spark Exploration is offered additional Rona Ridge acreage in the 32nd Licensing Round 20 Jul 2020 Licence Extensions | Spark receives 12 month extensions to Licences P2407 and P2412 timeframes (Phase A to 30 Sep 2021)

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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.

Please note that Spark Exploration is not hiring any additional people or advertising any jobs at the moment.

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