Latin America exploration: 2015 in review and what to look for in 2016
Exploration activity in Latin America was very subdued in 2015, with exploration wells down over 60% year-on-year. Despite the lower well count, discovered resources were up compared to the dismal results of 2014. Large discoveries were made in five countries. The largest global oil discovery, Liza, was a frontier find in Guyana. More oil was found in Latin America than in any other region. Exploration in 2016 will be very limited, but a high-risk, high-potential wildcat will finally be drilled in Uruguay. In addition, we expect offshore drilling to continue in Colombia and the Falkland Islands/Malvinas.