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ConocoPhillips oil and gas exploration summary

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31 October 2018

ConocoPhillips oil and gas exploration summary

Report summary

North American unconventionals lie at the heart of ConocoPhillips' strategy as it phases out deepwater exploration. This is part of an investment shift towards flexible unconventional development and exploration in shorter-cycle, more competitive basins. The company posted a strong organic performance in the key liquids-rich plays, with excellent returns. Further upside is expected in the Permian, where the pace of development has slowed due to infrastructure constraints and wide basis differentials. A higher-impact conventional exploration strategy 2008-2015 yielded large volumes but value was elusive as resource commercialisation proved difficult. The emergence of a new Alaskan play will improve returns from conventional exploration. In this report, we analyse ConocoPhillips' conventional and unconventional exploration strategy and performance results in 2008-2017. The report includes a detailed data download.

Table of contents

    • Basins drilled and all conventional & organic unconventional discoveries 2008-2017
    • Upstream strategy
    • Exploration outlook
    • Evolution of exploration strategy
  • Investment and costs
    • Well data
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
    • Unconventionals out-perform
    • Conventional exploration under-performance from a low-risk legacy strategy - now being re-booted
    • Higher-impact strategy provided greater materiality but destroyed value, leading to exit

Tables and charts

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
  • Top 40 discoveries (2008 to 2017)
  • Key organic unconventional plays
  • 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 economics
  • Executive summary: Image 1
  • Ten year performance summary
  • SWOT grid
  • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
  • Net active conventional exploration acreage by country
  • Gross conventional exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
  • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
  • Exploration success rates
  • 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

What's included

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