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08 March 2018

US GoM Deepwater Gulf Coast Tertiary exploration basin

Report summary

The US Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Gulf Coast Tertiary Basin has a decades-long history of exploration and development activity across numerous plays. To date 25.3 bnboe of resource has been discovered. Explorers focused initially on the shallower Plio-Pleistocene and Mid-Late Miocene targets,  located in geologic areas that are now well understood. As these plays have matured, explorers are operating in more technically challenging and costly environments. Improvements in subsalt imaging and advances in rig specifications have enabled drilling of increasingly complex wells in ultra-deep waters. Significant prospective resource potential remains, notably in the Subsalt Miocene, Paleogene and Jurassic plays. Improvements made by the E&P industry in controlling exploration costs mean that even when exploring and developing these complex, predominantly ultra-deep water plays, full-cycle returns can be positive Full details are available for download in pdf and xls format.

Table of contents

    • Play level data
    • Key issues include:
    • Exploration history map
  • Participation
  • Key companies
    • Plio-Pleistocene
    • Mid-Late Miocene and Subsalt Miocene
    • Ultra-deepwater Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
    • Paleogene
    • Jurassic
    • Wells drilled
    • Basin success rates
    • Volumes discovered
    • Prospective resource potential
      • Play inputs
      • Creaming curve and key play data
    • Model field pool size distribution
    • Existing discoveries and modelled prospective resource pool size distributions
    • Mid-Late Miocene
  • Costs
    • Fiscal terms
    • Oil and gas prices
      • Plio-Pleistocene and Mid-Late Miocene
      • Subsalt Miocene, Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene, Paleoegene and Jurassic
    • Outlook economics
      • Plio-Pleistocene
      • Mid-Late Miocene
      • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
      • Jurassic
      • Plio-Pleistocene
      • Mid-Late Miocene
      • Subsalt Miocene
      • Paleogene
      • Jurassic
    • Play economics
    • Full cycle basin economics
      • Implied acreage value

Tables and charts

This report includes 108 images and tables including:

  • Value creation versus investment (TYP period)
  • Value creation versus investment (outlook)
  • Licensed exploration acreage
  • Expiry forecast of current licences
  • Key licence holders
  • Key well operators (TYP period)
  • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
  • Net exploration wells completed by participant
  • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Key play characteristics
  • Plio-Pleistocene
  • Recent discovery costs
  • Summary of discovery and development costs
  • Exploration and appraisal spend
  • Exploration spend per well and average well depth*
  • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
  • Returns by drilling year
  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Assumptions
  • Summary and key issues: Image 3
  • Location maps: Image 1
  • Exploration wells by play
  • Drilling activity by well type
  • Cumulative exploration wells by play
  • Discoveries and success rates
  • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Basin creaming curve
  • Key basin data
  • Volumes discovered by year
  • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
  • Top discoveries (TYP period)
  • Cumulative discoveries by play
  • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
  • Forecast data by play (outlook)
  • Plio-Pleistocene
  • Mid-Late Miocene
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Paleoegene
  • Jurassic
  • Plio-Pleistocene
  • Mid-Late Miocene
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Paleogene
  • Jurassic
  • Development: Table 2
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Paleogene
  • Jurassic
  • Typical fiscal terms
  • Breakeven price versus prospect size
  • Value creation versus investment
  • Plio-Pleistocene
  • Mid-Late Miocene
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Paleogene
  • Jurassic
  • Full-cycle economics analysis
  • Plio-Pleistocene
  • Reserves and resources: Table 4
  • Reserves and resources: Image 7
  • Reserves and resources: Table 5
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Reserves and resources: Table 6
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Reserves and resources: Table 7
  • Paleogene
  • Reserves and resources: Table 8
  • Jurassic
  • Reserves and resources: Table 9
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Henry Hub and local gas price assumptions
  • Brent and local oil price assumptions
  • Henry Hub and local gas price assumptions
  • 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
  • Economic analysis: Image 13
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Value of potential discoveries
  • Unit value of potential discoveries
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivites
  • 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 sensitivites
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Breakeven price of exploration
  • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
  • Economic analysis: Table 1
  • Mid-Late Miocene
  • Subsalt Miocene
  • Ultradeep Subsalt Mio-Pliocene
  • Paleogene
  • Jurassic
  • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value

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