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Freeport-McMoRan oil and gas exploration summary

Freeport-McMoRan oil and gas exploration summary

Report summary

In September 2016, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas announced the sale of its Gulf of Mexico assets to Anadarko Petroleum Corp, including some 91 exploration leases. The move suggests that FCX has the intention to exit the oil and gas business to focus on other natural resources through its metals and mining business. The companies efforts to become a major oil and gas producer were stymied by the price collapse. Freeport-McMoRan acquired its portfolio of oil and gas assets through its US$19.6 billion acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production and McMoRan Exploration in 2013. Following these two acquisitions, the company held assets in California, Texas, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Morocco.

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Affected by supply and demand, the economy of individual countries and technological breakthroughs, oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion. 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 Summary report quantifies the company's exploration volume and value performance over the past 10 years, and reviews its outlook for future success.

Businesses can use this report to get a detailed analysis of this company, what exploration areas they're involved in, what wells to watch and how well placed they are. It will help you understand company performance and shows how the best explorers have achieved their success.

Wood Mackenzie benchmarks exploration results for over 40 companies. Our analysts provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies. We are the established global industry standard for oil and gas exploration performance.

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy
    • Upstream strategy
    • Exploration outlook
    • Evolution of exploration strategy
  • Investment and costs
  • Exploration
    • Well data
  • Reserves and resources
    • Resource additions for conventional new field discoveries are tabulated below. Freeport-McMoRan has not added any organic unconventional plays during the decade.
  • Production
  • Valuation
    • Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
    • Onshore Inboard Lower Tertiary gas play
    • Morocco

In this report there are 23 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Basins drilled and major discoveries 2006-2015
    • Ten year performance summary
  • Strategy
    • SWOT grid
    • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
    • Net active exploration acreage by country
  • Investment and costs
    • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
    • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
    • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
    • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Exploration
    • Gross conventional exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
    • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
    • Exploration success rates
  • Reserves and resources
    • All discoveries (2006-2015)
    • Volumes discovered by year
    • Volumes discovered by water depth
    • Volumes discovered by country
    • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production
    • Production: Image 1
  • Valuation
    • Full-cycle economics
    • Full cycle value creation by year
    • Exploration returns by year
    • Costs and development value by reserve category
    • Value creation by water depth
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