Noble Energy has historically used exploration as its primary engine of growth. In the low oil price environment, the 2015 exploration budget was halved, and in the near term, conventional E&A activity will take a back seat to exploiting strong positions in four core US resource plays. Over the past decade, Noble has opened frontier plays and enjoyed a period of outstanding success with wildcat drilling, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean. Regulatory barriers to commercialisation of the giant gas resources here have been removed. We currently calculate full-cycle value creation of around US$2.4 billion from conventional exploration over the decade. Lower prices have pushed returns from unconventional exploration below 10%.
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Affected by supply and demand, the economy of individual countries and technological breakthroughs, oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion. 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 Summary report quantifies the company's exploration volume and value performance over the past 10 years, and reviews its outlook for future success.
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Company report | Oct 2016
Noble Energy oil and gas exploration summary
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