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INPEX Corporation oil and gas exploration summary

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Gas and LNG in particular is at the heart of INPEX Corporation (INPEX). Its flagship Ichthys LNG project expects first LNG in late 2017. The project is expected to absorb nearly 70% (US$7 billion) of INPEX's total 2016/17 capital expenditure hence successful execution is a top strategic priority.Historically INPEX has been financially prudent holding a significant amount of cash on its balance sheet. However the price drop coincided with peak investment in Ichthys LNG and INPEX had limited scope to cut costs. Exploration as one of the few items of discretionary spend in the budget has been slashed as a consequence with only 2.5% (US$155 million) of capital expenditure planned in the 2016/17 financial year allocated to exploration; a 15 year low.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy
  • Investment and costs
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
  • Valuation

Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:


  • Basins drilled and major discoveries 2006-2015
  • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
  • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
  • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Production from new field discoveries
  • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
  • Net active exploration acreage by country
  • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
  • Exploration success rates
  • Reserves and resources: Image 1
  • Volumes discovered by water depth
  • Volumes discovered by country
  • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Full cycle value creation by year (conventional only)
  • Exploration returns by year (conventional only)
  • Value creation by reserve category
  • Value creation by water depth


  • Ten year performance summary
  • Full-cycle economics
  • SWOT Grid
  • Gross exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
  • Discoveries (2005 to 2014)

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