Exploration activity over the last decade has been impacted by two major oil price crashes and a global pandemic, which have resulted in large fluctuations in drilling costs, exploration performance and discovered volumes. Despite the maturity of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), Norway continues to be a global hotspot for exploration.
Saudi Aramco’s initial push to nearly double its jackup fleet by the end of 2024 will result in 31 new contract awards, the majority of which are for long idled or stranded newbuild rigs
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?
Exploration performance from farm-out wells is at a five-year high, with a 38% commercial success rate driven by improved performance in maturing/mature play wells across NW Europe.
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.