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INPEX Corporation oil and gas exploration summary



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Report summary

Gas, and LNG in particular, is at the heart of INPEX's strategy. The company is close to concluding its largest and most complex development, and there is immense pressure to deliver. Timely execution of the western Australian Ichthys LNG project will underpin INPEX's financial position, production growth and reputation. Ichthys is now expected to come onstream in April 2018, a six-month deferral to revised guidance and a 15-month delay to initial target. Exploration will also be key in INPEX's long-term strategy. It has adopted an aggressive acreage capture strategy to rebuild its opportunity set. DROs are being targeted, through licence extensions at key areas (including the UAE and Azerbaijan) and new opportunities in deepwater Mexico and onshore Iran. In addition, INPEX has also acquired unconventional acreage in Australia and has entered into a joint study agreement with JOGMEC and Nexen (CNOOC Ltd) relating to shale gas in Canada.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Upstream strategy and exploration outlook
    • Evolution of exploration strategy
  • Investment and costs
    • Well data
    • Scope of this report
    • Production from new field discoveries, organic unconventionals and as a proportion of all future production
    • Volume additions have been low but success onshore Iraq in 2017
    • Declining value and returns
    • Turning a corner towards success in the deepwater sector

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This report includes 23 images and tables including:


  • Executive summary: Image 1
  • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
  • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
  • Net active exploration acreage by country
  • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
  • Exploration success rates
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Volumes discovered by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by country
  • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production: Image 1
  • Full cycle value creation by year (conventional only)
  • Exploration returns by year (conventional only)
  • Costs and development value by resource category
  • Exploration returns by water depth


  • Ten year performance summary
  • Full-cycle economics
  • SWOT Grid
  • Gross exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
  • Discoveries (2007 to 2016)

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