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Global future potential discoveries economic benchmarking

Global future potential discoveries economic benchmarking

Report summary

This report analyses the future volumes and economics of global exploration to benchmark the attractiveness of basins across the world.  We compare and rank 1,135 potential discoveries in 126 basins.  In addition to volume and commercial metrics, we compare a variety of above ground metrics to help guide basin choice.  All the data in this report are downloadable in the associated spreadsheet and through the Exploration Future Economics data tool.

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  • Global future potential discoveries economic benchmarking PDF - 1.08 MB 20 Pages, 7 Tables, 6 Figures
  • Potential discoveries benchmarking.xls XLS - 905.50 KB


Oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion, from technological breakthroughs to shifting supply and demand. 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 Asset Benchmarking report provides a detailed benchmarking of the oil and gas exploration industry, including drilling results, success rates and the value of each discovery. You'll also find information about discovery and development costs and full-cycle returns.

Exploration businesses and advisors can use this report to decide which regions or sectors are best to explore. Benchmarking at basin level helps with opportunity screening.

Wood Mackenzie has access to historic data for over 450 basins and forecasts for more than 125 basins. We provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies. Our in-depth analysis gives you the information you need to navigate the ever-changing challenges of oil and gas exploration so you can make key commercial decisions.

  • Key facts
  • Economic analysis
    • Potential discoveries categories
    • Breakeven prices
      • Hydrocarbon type
      • Prospect setting
      • Prospect size
    • Onshore potential discoveries
      • Small Onshore
      • Medium onshore
      • Large onshore
      • Giant onshore
    • Shelf potential discoveries
    • Deepwater potential discoveries
      • Breakeven price components for deepwater oil and gas prospects
    • Ultra-deepwater prospects
      • Breakeven price components for ultra deepwater oil and gas prospects
    • Above ground risk
      • Access to acreage
      • Competition for acreage
      • Cost environment
      • Level of existing infrastructure
      • Access to infrastructure
      • Access to markets

In this report there are 13 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
  • Economic analysis
    • Economic analysis: Table 1
    • Economic analysis: Table 2
    • Economic analysis: Table 3
    • Breakeven price components for onshore oil and gas prospects
    • Economic analysis: Table 5
    • Economic analysis: Table 6
    • Economic analysis: Table 7
    • Access to acreage
    • Competition for acreage
    • Cost environment
    • Level of existing infrastructure
    • Access to infrastructure
    • Access to markets
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