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Future exploration outlook

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17 November 2022

Future exploration outlook

Report summary

The exploration industry has evolved a lot over the last 10 years., largely driven by price volatility. But more recently from increasing stakeholder pressure to lead, and/or adapt for the energy transition. Going forward, we expect the exploration sector’s near-term future to be stable, with relative demand certainty for oil and gas until 2030. In the longer-term, exploration's future is in highly dependent on the future demand for oil and gas. Nevertheless, the scene is set for advantaged exploration, as oil and gas barrels are explored more selectively. Explorers will no longer high grade their resources based purely on technical criteria but scoping for low carbon, low-cost resources that can be developed quickly. The sector continues to evolve and adapt to become more resilient and sustainable, playing a key role in adding value and cutting carbon to supply future demand and help fund the energy transition.

Table of contents

  • Near-term exploration outlook (2022-2026)
  • Longer-term exploration outlook (2027-2050)
  • Further analysis and data

Tables and charts

This report includes 3 images and tables including:

  • Where are the advantaged exploration basins?
  • Huge differences in oil and gas demand scenarios
  • Future explorers need both resilience and sustainability

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