After the landgrab, expect a new wave of deals before drilling

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Much of the conventional exploration industry is moving out to the frontiers. Two factors are behind this trend – the maturing of many established plays and the waning availability of quality discovered resource opportunities. So far, these moves to the frontiers are only conspicuous in terms of acreage capture. A multi-year land-grab has placed the majority of the world's accessible sedimentary basins under licence. Two groups of companies, the Majors and the exploration minnows, have...

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  • Executive summary
  • Moving back to the frontiers
  • Frontier exploration is expensive - the minnows need to attract partners
  • Frontier success is scarce - the risk appetite of the Majors will be tested
  • Some resource holders are going to be disappointed
  • The new wave of acreage deals

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  • Most of the world is under licence - active blocks, March 2013
  • Net acreage signed by Majors since 2010
  • Leading Small Caps by net acreage signed since 2010
  • Majors' success rates versus Frontier basins
  • Discovery costs and returns by basin maturity

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