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Anadarko oil and gas exploration summary



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Anadarko's exploration performance has weathered the price downturn better than most maintaining double digit returns in both conventional and unconventional exploration. Exploration led growth remains core within its diversified strategy and the company's deepwater exploration credentials are a key differentiator. It has a world class deepwater portfolio with high impact acreage in the US Gulf of Mexico East and West Africa supplemented by select frontier opportunities elsewhere. The focus has shifted to lower risk incremental opportunities and new test areas have been added potentially impacting long term growth. Unconventionals are increasingly important in particular key liquids rich plays including the Niobrara and Wolfcamp where production will grow. Positions in the Eagle Ford and the gas prone plays in the Marcellus and Haynesville are looking increasingly peripheral.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy
  • Investment and costs
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
  • Valuation

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This report includes 24 images and tables including:


  • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
  • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Executive summary: Image 1
  • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
  • Net active conventional acreage by country
  • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
  • Exploration success rates
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Volumes discovered by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by country
  • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production: Image 1
  • Full cycle value creation by year, including unconventionals
  • Exploration returns by year, including unconventionals
  • Costs and development value by reserve category
  • Exploration returns water depth


  • Full-cycle economics
  • Ten year performance summary
  • SWOT grid
  • Gross exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
  • Reserves and resources: Table 1
  • Reserves and resources: Table 2

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