Exploration alchemy: sustaining ingredients for recent success

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28 August 2019

Exploration alchemy: sustaining ingredients for recent success

Report summary

We identified four key ingredients for exploration's recent return to profitability: high proportion of oil in commercial volumes; low exploration spend; strong performance of deepwater, and low government share. By analysing our forward-looking tools, we predicted whether these trends would continue, and why. Oil will continue to be the main focus for explorers in the next 5-10 years. Spend will tick up but remain well below the highs of the boom years. Deepwater will sustain its outperformance in the near to medium term. Government share will rise.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 15 images and tables including:

  • Volumes discovered and full-cycle rates of return
  • Full-cycle IRR by setting
  • Development value, discovery and development costs of commercial discoveries
  • Future exploration in oil-prone vs gas-prone basins
  • Average discovery size by setting
  • Success rates by setting for commercial and economically viable discoveries
  • Prospect discovery and development cost ranges
  • Prospective volume, future value creation and prospect average size
  • Government share of full-cycle value
  • Government share by maturity 2009-2018
  • Planned exploration wells to end-2020 by maturity index and water depth
  • Breakeven components of key prospects
  • Exploration spend and spend per well by setting
  • Exploration wells drilled
  • Exploration Service offerings

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