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Latin America upstream: 2016 in review

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17 January 2017

Latin America upstream: 2016 in review

Report summary

Latin America suffered from continued reductions to upstream capital budgets in 2016 as low oil prices forced companies to emphasise balance sheet protection over growth. E&P companies focused spending on their most strategic assets, while the region's NOCs sought to divest the tails of their portfolios. At the beginning of 2016, we outlined seven predictions of significant upstream milestones for the year. Six of those came true. In our Insight we review our predictions and explain where we forecast correctly and why we missed the mark on other events.

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  • Junior company consolidation and asset sales to continue
  • Mexico's deepwater round will be a success
  • Petrobras will not hit its US$15.1 billion divestment target by end-2016
  • Vaca Muerta will become primarily a horizontal gas play
  • Guyana will join the ranks of upstream players
  • Colombia's production will continue to fall
  • Venezuela's upstream challenges will continue

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