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14 October 2017


Report summary

Table of contents

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Exploration & appraisal spend and well count
      • Discovery count and success rate
  • Reserves and resources
    • Discovery and development costs
    • Oil and gas prices
    • Exploration full cycle economics
      • Upside in recent exploration results

Tables and charts

This report includes 33 images and tables including:

  • Key facts
  • Key facts: Table 2
  • Volumes discovered and average discovery size
  • Volume discovered by phase
  • Volumes discovered by commerciality
  • Average discovery size
  • Average volume discovered per exploration well
  • Number of giant and large discoveries
  • Volumes in giant and non-giant discoveries
  • Distribution of giant oil and gas fields
  • Giant discoveries (2006-2009)
  • Giant discoveries (2010-2012)
  • Giant discoveries (2013-2015)
  • Exploration and appraisal spend and well count
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Drilling activity
  • Signature bonus payments by year
  • Total signature bonus payments by country
  • Discovery and development costs
  • Discovery plus development costs and government take
  • Annual discovery cost
  • Development costs by discovery year
  • Discovery plus development costs by discovery year
  • Annual state share of value creation
  • WM Brent Oil Price Assumption, May 2015 vs May 2016
  • Value creation and returns
  • Annual value creation
  • Annual full-cycle returns
  • Discovery count and success rate
  • Annual discoveries
  • Trends in overall success rates
  • Growth of commercial success rates
  • Change in historical view of value creation