There has been much talk about natural gas as a transition fuel, but is there any evidence that explorers are now targeting more gas in exploration?
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?