Since the oil and gas downturn of 2014 there has been significant pressure on drilling service costs, including land rig day rates.
One of the most significant costs on any onshore oilfield is the cost of hiring a rig to drill the well.
Westwood Global Energy Group has released its latest tranche of comprehensive quarterly offshore market reports and with it can reveal a few interesting offshore themes that emerged from the first quarter of 2022.
The key story of the last three months has been the rapid rise in oil and gas prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In December 2021, Brent oil prices averaged $74 a barrel, and by March 2022 they averaged $118, highlighting just how dramatic an impact the invasion had on global prices.
Two significant oil discoveries announced by Shell and TotalEnergies in February 2022 have opened multiple new oil plays offshore Namibia. The excitement is understandable, but how significant could the breakthrough prove to be and what challenges need to be overcome to realise the potential?
As part of its updated energy strategy to increase energy security and accelerate the energy transition, the UK is expected to increase its offshore wind targets, which currently stand at 40GW by 2030 and 100GW by 2050.
The invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world and, with it, energy markets. Commodity prices have increased sharply, sending consumer prices to politically unpalatable levels. The conflict has also increased the debate around energy security, especially in Europe, where action against the Putin administration has been hobbled by the need to carry on importing Russian gas (and to a certain extent oil).
In the 16th episode of Westwood’s Energy Transition Now podcasts, David Linden speaks with Sally Walker, Consultant at Clarity Leadership, on "The implications of an increasing dependency on data and technology"
At the beginning of January 2022 Brent prices were at $78 a barrel, well above the nadir of 2020 when they reached a low of $9 a barrel. What has been seen since has been well outside of most forecasts, with Brent prices breaching $100 a barrel on the 24th of February 2022.
Some things are certain in the quest for a low-carbon energy system. Wind and solar will have a major role to play, for example. Hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage will be key for hard-to-abate sectors. But then there are areas where there is still a question mark. Nuclear energy is one of those.
Offshore wind development across US states has not been uniform, with states such as Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey far more visible in terms of ambition and development pipeline Click play to watch our infographic on the US offshore wind pipeline capacity by state.
For oil and gas leaders, the challenge is how to go from villain to hero without resorting to self-immolation. A case in point: should we increase investment in natural gas when the European Investment Bank thinks “gas is over”?
In the twelfth episode of Westwood’s Energy Transition Now podcasts, David Linden speaks with Jamie Beard, Executive Director, Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) University of Texas at Austin
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.
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.
With the Energy Transition gaining pace, several Exploration and Production (“E&P”) companies have adjusted their business models; both to reduce emissions and to mitigate climate-related business risks.
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?
Westwood Global Energy Group has appointed David Linden to the newly-created role of Head of Energy Transition. The announcement comes as the company commits to helping the energy industry successfully navigate decarbonisation.
The report covers the historic period of 2014-2019, wherein the land drilling rig market was severely impacted by the reduction in drilling activity seen during the previous downturn, particularly in the North American market.
Graeme Bagley presents presents the results of a study of over 500 wells drilled since 2008 with DHIs reported pre-drill and compares actual success rates against global exploration benchmarks for all wells.
Significant cost reductions have improved E&P cashflows and should drive increased offshore tendering activity in 2020. Pricing is expected to remain competitive, however, and contractors will need to remain focussed on profitability.