We start the year off with our review of 2020 high impact exploration activity, and a look into key wells to watch for 2021, summarised by Westwood's Head of Global Exploration & Appraisal, Graeme Bagley.
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.
This oil and gas, potentially, worth more than $65 bn and costing an estimated $24bn to discover, represents 40% of the volume found in high impact discoveries in the period. Where is this resource located? Why is it stranded and how big an opportunity does it represent?
This report reviews high impact discoveries made between 2008-2016 in 30 countries, which have neither been sanctioned for development nor had any appraisal activity since 2016.