Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Upstream: 2014 in review

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Report summary

The precipitous drop in oil prices over the second half of the year overshadowed production growing for the first time since 2009. Exploration remained robust with 12 announced discoveries totalling over 1.1 bnboe with a 48% success rate. Capital investment was dominated by Majors but Independents like Anadarko and Hess also invested heavily. M&A was subdued, decommissioning picked up pace, and bidding at the lease sales was measured.

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Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Limited appraisal success
    • Investments translating into production
  • M&A
  • Abandonment and Decommissioning
  • Leasing
  • The year ahead

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This report includes 7 images and tables including:


  • 2014 Exploration results
  • Exploration wells completed and discoveries
  • Volumes discovered (WM estimate) and success rate
  • Success by operator
  • Capex by company
  • Development drilling capex as portion of total capex and annual daily production


  • Announced discoveries

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