Asia-Pacific upstream: 2015 in review

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Exploration – The impact of lower oil prices on exploration budgets has been felt with a 35% reduction in exploration drilling and a 63% fall in discovered volumes. Licensing activity also fell dramatically, with many regional governments now looking at how to improve their offerings in order to secure future investment. Development - Reduced corporate cash flows have led operators to cut development drilling, reduce investment in mature fields and postpone new investment decisions. Upstream development expenditure in Asia-Pacific fell 23% to US$99 billion in 2015, and is set to fall further in 2016 as a number of Australian LNG projects reach completion. Corporate - The gap between buyers and sellers price expectations led to a depressed Asia-Pacific M&A market in 2015. However, as the industry adapts to a 'lower for longer' outlook, companies are coming under increasing pressure to reshape their portfolios for the new price environment.

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Table of contents

    • Material resource upgrades, but a lack of wildcat success...
    • …and a lukewarm response to new acreage offerings
    • Australia LNG ramp-up begins…
    • …but an increasing number of project deferrals
    • First signs of IOCs reshaping portfolios for new price environment…
    • …as NOCs look for other means to grow

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This report includes 8 images and tables including:


  • Licence/acreage awards by country 2011-2015
  • E&A drilling activity 2011-2015
  • Top 10 Asia-Pacific discoveries in 2015
  • Discovered volumes by country in Asia-Pacific
  • Australia LNG production 2015-2020
  • Upstream capital expenditure 2014-2020
  • M&A deal activity 2011-2015


  • Top 5 Asia-Pacific M&A deals in 2015

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