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Ireland Porcupine exploration basin

Ireland Porcupine exploration basin

Report summary

The Ireland Porcupine Basin offers deepwater frontier exploration opportunities with attractive fiscal terms. Results from the 2015 Atlantic Margin Oil and Gas Exploration Licensing Round were positive. A total of 23 Licensing Options were offered in the basin, marking an excellent result for the Irish upstream sector in the current low price environment. Companies are looking to continue the success seen in other Cretaceous-Tertiary plays of the Atlantic Margin; most recently in Senegal and Canada’s Flemish Pass. Both of these basins have yet-to-find resources of at least 1 billion boe as recent exploration has de-risked the deep water plays here. To date, the only discoveries in the basin have been made on the Mesozoic Shelf play in the north of the basin, which we have not included in our outlook analysis.

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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 Exploration Basin report provides a detailed analysis of exploration of this basin, including discovery and development costs, location maps and information about licensing and fiscal terms. You'll also find information about discovery and development costs and full-cycle returns.

Explorers and advisors can use this report to understand the history and potential value of this basin.

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 critical commercial decisions.

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
    • Yet-to-find potential
      • Play inputs - Cretaceous-Tertiary Deepwater
  • Development
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
  • Costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP and outlook economics
      • Prospect economics - Cretaceous-Tertiary Deepwater
    • Full-cycle basin economics

In this report there are 24 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Key play data
    • Assumptions
    • Price assumptions
  • Summary and key issues
    • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
    • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
    • Exploration wells by play
  • Participation
    • Participation: Image 1
    • Participation: Image 2
  • Geology
    • Geology: Table 1
  • Exploration
    • Exploration: Image 1
    • Exploration: Image 2
  • Reserves and resources
    • Frontier methodology parameters
    • Key play data
  • Development
    • Cretaceous-Tertiary Deepwater
  • Costs
    • Costs: Table 1
    • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP value creation, spend and volume discovered
    • Economic analysis: Image 2
    • Economic analysis: Image 3
    • Prospect breakeven prices
    • Expected monetary value (EMV)
    • Full-cycle economic analysis
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