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Chesapeake Energy oil and gas exploration summary

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Report summary

Chesapeake is in the midst of a transformation in strategy from a company focused on acquiring and holding land to one intent on delivering value with every well. A petroleum systems based approach to identifying new opportunities on its vast U.S. Lower 48 acreage is now in effect led by using enormous amounts of in house well and seismic data. Over the past decade the company has accumulated large acreage positions funded through joint ventures asset sales debt accumulation and alternative financing. Despite a heavy focus on farm outs and divestments Chesapeake retains a large inventory of proved reserves in some of the most prolific resource plays in North America. Full cycle returns over the decade were 8% somewhat dampened by Chesapeake's initial focus on gas plays. The switch to liquids rich plays the emphasis on unlocking opportunities on existing acreage and the use of new drilling and completion techniques all point to a future with healthier value creation.

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Table of contents

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

Tables and charts

This report includes 18 images and tables including:

Images

  • Organic unconventional discoveries 2006-2015
  • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
  • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Volumes discovered by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by country
  • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production from new field discoveries and organic unconventionals, and as a proportion of all future production
  • Full cycle value creation by year, including unconventionals
  • Exploration returns by year, including unconventionals
  • Costs and development value by reserve category
  • Exploration returns by water depth

Tables

  • Ten year performance summary
  • Key organic unconventional plays (2006 to 2015)
  • Full-cycle economics
  • SWOT grid

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