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The Dutch North Sea is a mature area, with many conventional fields developed over the past 50 years and other discoveries left temporarily stranded. Shallow gas accumulations on the shelf were recognized in the early 1970s but were never developed because of low reservoir pressures and unconsolidated sand issues. The potential of some offshore licenses was explored more recently by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil.

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