E&P capital expenditure – what is the outlook for 2021?

Westwood’s analysis of 3 E&P peer groups – the five Supermajors, four selected National Oil Companies (“NOCs”) and 17 selected US Shale producers, suggests that 2021 capital expenditures are likely to remain relatively flat or decrease slightly compared to 2020, at a US$50/bbl Brent (US$45/bbl WTI) oil price assumption.

UK and Norway Exploration and Production Outlook for 2021

After a turbulent 2020 for the oil and gas industry, 2021 is expected to see a modest rise in investment in the UK and Norway offshore sectors, assuming a US$50 per barrel average oil price. Exploration activity could recover to 2019 levels and investment in new developments is set to increase.