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Horizons podcast: Scraping the barrel

Is the world running out of high-quality oil and gas?

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The world is not going to run out of oil and gas any time soon. Total oil and gas resources are more than likely to double in demand by 2050, with gas reserves sitting at 1.5 trillion oil-barrel equivalents. It’s the quality of this supply that’s the issue.

Advantaged resources (price resilient and low emissions) could only be enough to supply half the demand by 2050. So, what can companies do to mitigate this shortage? Diversification will be important, and investment in renewal, decarbonisation and low-carbon alternatives even more so. What needs to be done? Upstream companies must act now, but where do they start? On the podcast today, we look at the options. Exploration of new fields, decarbonising existing assets and investment in low-carbon alternatives are all on the table.  

This episode, we're joined by Valentina Kretzschmar, Head of Energy Transition at Capricorn Energy. Valentina leads Capricorn’s net zero strategy. On the show, she outlines the distinctions between emissions goals and forecasts and explores the ever-changing role of oil and gas in the energy transition. Also joining is Andrew Latham, Vice-President of Energy Research at Wood Mackenzie. Andrew provides upstream and exploration analysis, examining the trends that are shaping the industry and outlining the steps companies will likely take in the coming decades, as energy diversification evolves. 

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