Focused tight oil operators have recently drawn attention to how field operating costs have fallen by 20-30%. Per unit opex is virtually always lower than capex, so how important is it to mange this expense in a low price world? Our models indicate that further reducing US tight oil opex in a US$30/bbl price environment can help support margins in a few NPV positive plays. But for those assets out of the money, additional opex reductions will not be enough to transform the assets into economic projects.
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Globally, the industry is looking for the next big unconventional discovery after the success seen in the U.S. Lower 48. Argentina's Vaca Muerta has shown it can go head to head with US plays. But, as investors looks for the next big unconventional opportunity, will Argentina be able to attract enough investment to exploit the shale's full potential?
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Can falling tight oil opex save marginal plays?
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