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US Alaska North Slope exploration basin

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Report summary

The North Slope is an established producing petroleum province where exploration began in the 1950's. To date over 32 bnboe has been discovered in the basin with the majority found in the super giant Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk oil fields. The North Slope basin is located in a harsh Arctic environment that presents unique challenges for explorers such as seasonal access environmental issues and higher costs. Massive potential for material discoveries exists within the plays of the basin particularly the Chukchi Sea. In the current environment companies are choosing to relinquish leases casting doubts over the future of the play.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Key companies
  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Development
  • Costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
  • Economic assumptions
  • Economic analysis

Tables and charts

This report includes 86 images and tables including:

Images

  • Value creation versus investment (2006-2015)
  • Value creation versus investment (2016-2035)
  • Location maps: Image 1
  • Location maps: Image 2
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • North Slope commerciality index
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Colville River
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Chukchi Sea
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Henry Hub and local gas price assumptions
  • Value creation, exploration spend & volume discovered
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Colville River
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Reserves and resources: Image 9
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities

Tables

  • Key play characteristics
  • Key assumptions
  • Price assumptions
  • Key play characteristics
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Key basin data
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Forecast data by play (2016-2035)
  • Colville River
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Chukchi Sea
  • Colville River
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Chukchi Sea
  • Typical fiscal terms - Colville River, NPR-A (State of Alaska terms)
  • Typical fiscal terms - Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea (Federal terms)
  • Full-cycle economic analysis
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Reserves and resources: Table 6
  • Reserves and resources: Table 7
  • Colville River
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Chukchi Sea
  • Economic analysis: Table 1
  • NPRA Area
  • Beaufort Sea
  • Chukchi Sea

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