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Deepwater corporate benchmarking

Deepwater corporate benchmarking

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At an average spend intensity of US$14/boe, deepwater is one of the most capital intensive resource themes. But over the next ten years it delivers a production CAGR of 4%, exceeded only by tight oil (8%) and unconventional gas (6%). Returns for new deepwater projects average 17%, but excluding the pre-salt in Brazil the average falls to 14%. The sector continues to struggle to match onshore cost deflation, and project sanctions face technical and commercial challenges. Unproductive capital to first production (and cash flow) is high. But we believe new deepwater projects will remain an important contributor to the supply mix longer-term.

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The upstream oil and gas industry conducts activities against a backdrop of growing energy and environmental challenges. Political instabilities, international conflicts and government and environmental regulation all impact the production process.

This forces companies to re-examine their corporate strategy, moving away from high-risk exploratory drilling to lower-risk exploration in mature basins as they search for increased returns.

This Upstream Oil and Gas Company Benchmarking report provides a unique perspective on corporate positioning using our proprietary, forward-looking metrics on financial health, value, production, reserves and costs.

Widely used by both the energy and financial sectors, our report gives you a unique perspective on key strategic and financial challenges, as well as opportunities facing this oil and gas company.

Wood Mackenzie provides an independent evaluation and expert opinion on the operational performance, strategy and future of the world's top oil and gas companies. Our unique, objective analysis helps you understand, validate, compare and challenge market and corporate views so you can assess strategic opportunities.

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