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Bolivia Santa Cruz exploration basin

Bolivia Santa Cruz exploration basin

Report summary

The Bolivia Santa Cruz basin has a long history of exploration and production activity with the first wildcats spudded in the 1950's.  Historical exploration activity focused on the maturing Carboniferous play, where the average discovery size has dropped to around 5 mmboe. In contrast, the largest discovery in the history of the Santa Cruz basin is the 15 tcf San Alberto field, discovered in 1999 in the Devonian Gas play, which is where we expect future exploration to focus. We analyse the remaining yet-to-find potential of the basin and the achievable exploration metrics from future activity. Activity is subdued while gas demand from Brazil is satisfied by current production, but it is forecast to return to higher levels over the long term. All analysis, results and forecast metrics are available to download in pdf and excel format.

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  • Bolivia Santa Cruz exploration basin PDF - 630.59 KB 15 Pages, 20 Tables, 15 Figures
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Oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion, from technological breakthroughs to shifting supply and demand. The high costs of finding and developing new oil and gas fields that can be commercially developed has created a challenging atmosphere, with explorers increasingly seeing low returns, low value and slow progress.

This Exploration Basin report provides a detailed analysis of exploration of this basin, including discovery and development costs, location maps and information about licensing and fiscal terms. You'll also find information about discovery and development costs and full-cycle returns.

Explorers and advisors can use this report to understand the history and potential value of this basin.

Wood Mackenzie has access to historic data for over 450 basins and forecasts for more than 125 basins. We provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies.

Our in-depth analysis gives you the information you need to navigate the ever-changing challenges of oil and gas exploration so you can make critical commercial decisions.

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include:
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
  • Exploration
    • Wells drilled and success rates
  • Reserves and resources
    • Volumes discovered
      • Top Discoveries (TYP period)
    • Yet-to-find potential
      • Play creaming curve and key play data
  • Development
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
  • Costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
    • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP and outlook economics
    • Prospect economics
      • Expected monetary value (EMV)
    • Full cycle basin economics

In this report there are 35 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Play level data
    • Key facts: Table 2
    • Assumptions
    • Key facts: Table 4
  • Summary and key issues
    • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
    • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
    • Exploration wells by play
  • Participation
    • Licensed exploration acreage
    • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration
    • Drilling activity by well type
    • Discoveries and success rate
    • Exploration: Table 1
  • Reserves and resources
    • Reserves and resources: Image 1
    • Reserves and resources: Table 1
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
    • Reserves and resources: Image 2
    • Reserves and resources: Table 3
    • Reserves and resources: Table 4
    • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Development
    • Devonian Gas
  • Costs
    • Costs: Table 1
    • Costs: Image 1
    • Costs: Table 2
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Fiscal and regulatory: Table 1
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
    • Outlook value creation, spend and YTF volume
    • Unit value of potential discoveries
    • Breakeven price versus prospect size
    • Economic analysis: Table 1
    • Economic analysis: Table 2
    • Economic analysis: Table 3
    • Devonian Gas
    • Economic analysis: Table 5
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