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Noble Energy oil and gas exploration summary

Noble Energy oil and gas exploration summary

Report summary

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. But its giant gas discoveries here face regulatory and geopolitical obstacles to commercialisation and value creation is uncertain. We currently calculate full-cycle returns from conventional exploration are 13% over the decade. Returns from Noble's organic unconventional activity are higher, with value creation double that of conventional exploration.

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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.

Businesses can use this report to get a detailed analysis of this company, what exploration areas they're involved in, what wells to watch and how well placed they are. It will help you understand company performance and shows how the best explorers have achieved their success.

Wood Mackenzie benchmarks exploration results for over 40 companies. Our analysts provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies. We are the established global industry standard for oil and gas exploration performance.

  • Executive summary
  • Strategy
    • Upstream strategy and exploration outlook
    • Evolution of exploration strategy
  • Investment and costs
  • Exploration
    • Well data
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
    • Production from new field discoveries
  • Valuation
    • Giant volumes discovered at low cost
    • Higher-impact exploration brings greater complexity
    • Realising value from the giant gas finds will be challenging
    • Organic unconventional growth centred on the Niobrara

In this report there are 26 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Basins drilled and major discoveries 2005-2014
    • Ten year performance summary
  • Strategy
    • Strategy: Table 1
    • Net active exploration acreage by water depth
    • Net active exploration acreage by country
  • Investment and costs
    • Exploration & appraisal spend and reinvestment
    • Exploration & appraisal spend by water depth
    • Exploration & appraisal spend by basin maturity
    • Discovery costs by water depth
  • Exploration
    • Gross exploration & appraisal wells by basin and sector
    • Exploration wells drilled and spend per well
    • Exploration success rates
  • Reserves and resources
    • Discoveries (2005 to 2014)
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
    • Volumes discovered by year
    • Volumes discovered by water depth
    • Volumes discovered by country
    • Volumes discovered by basin
  • Production
    • Production: Image 1
  • Valuation
    • Full-cycle economics
    • Full cycle value creation by year (conventional only)
    • Full cycle value creation by year, with uncons
    • Exploration returns by year (conventional only)
    • Exploration returns by year, with uncons
    • Value creation by reserve category
    • Value creation by water depth
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