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China North China exploration basin

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Report summary

The North China basin is a prolific hydrocarbon province covering more than 435,000 km2, of which over 85% is onshore. Foreign investment is limited to the offshore (Bohai Gulf) sector of the basin, where explorers have created exceptional value through the discovery of shallow water oil volumes. While a number of large and giant discoveries account for a significant proportion of offshore value creation, operators have also leveraged spare infrastructure to fast-track the development of smaller finds, delivering exceptional rates of return. This exploration basin report provides a detailed analysis of recent exploration and future expectations including discovery and development costs, location maps and information about licensing and fiscal terms. We also evaluate the yet-to-find volume and value potential. The report is accompanied by multiple excel downloads which detail costs, volumes and value.

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This report includes 25 images and tables including:


  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Discoveries and success rate
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Outlook value creation, spend and prospective resource volume
  • Summary and key issues: Image 3
  • Bohai Gulf (Tertiary)
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Prospect breakeven prices


  • Key play data
  • Assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Costs: Table 2
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Bohai Gulf (Tertiary)
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Reserves and resources: Table 2
  • Economic analysis: Table 1
  • Full cycle economic analysis

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