| |
24 Pages

Norway upstream: 2015 in review

Norway upstream: 2015 in review

Report summary

Activity in the normally buoyant Norwegian sector slumped in 2015 as companies made the transition to the 'lower for longer' oil price environment. While exploration levels continued apace, both investment and M&A deals plummeted. Highlights included strong interest in the 23rd round, work getting underway at Johan Sverdrup and six fields being brought onstream helping production reach its highest level for five years. 

What's included?

This report includes 2 file(s)

  • Norway upstream: 2015 in review PDF - 1.52 MB 24 Pages, 4 Tables, 27 Figures
  • Norway Review of 2015.xls XLS - 683.50 KB


This Upstream Oil and Gas Insight report highlights the key issues surrounding this topic, and draws out the key implications for those involved.

This report helps participants, suppliers and advisors understand trends, risks and issues within the upstream oil and gas industry. It gives you an expert point of view to support informed decision making.

Wood Mackenzie's 500 dedicated analysts are located in the markets they cover. They produce forward-looking analysis at both country and asset level across the globe, backed by our robust proprietary database of trusted research.

Proprietary data means a superior level of analysis that is simply not available anywhere else. Wood Mackenzie is the recognised gold standard in upstream commercial data and analysis.

  • Exploration and appraisal
    • Sustained levels of activity despite global cuts to exploration
    • Discoveries and key wells by basin
      • West Barents Sea Basin – exploration cools as Alta appraisal takes centre stage
      • Vøring Basin – disappointing performance following 2014
      • Northern North Sea Basin – lots of wells with little to show
    • Corporate story
  • Licensing
    • Huge anticipation for Southeast Barents acreage; interest in mature round cools
  • Development Activity
    • Investment levels hit five year low
      • Majority of investment still on incremental projects
      • Giant Johan Sverdrup development underway
    • Majors dominate, but a host of new players emerge
    • Six fields brought onstream as Lundin delivers Edvard Grieg
    • Project execution remains an issue
    • FIDs put on hold as operators review costs
    • But Norway still ranks number one globally for FIDs in 2015
      • Cost deflation starts to take effect as weak Krone aids savings
      • Production
        • Production reaches its highest level in five years
        • Liquids production increases for the 2nd consecutive year
        • Record year for gas production
        • Is reduced downtime a direct result of cost cutting?
      • M&A
        • M&A market remains active, despite widened bid-ask spread
        • Slow start as companies struggle to see face to face on value
        • Reducing capital exposure and optimising tax positions the main drivers
        • Innovative deal mechanics help close 'the bid-ask spread'
        • Despite several new entrants, number of companies reduce in 2015
      • Fiscal
        • Minor fiscal change in 2015

In this report there are 31 tables or charts, including:

  • Exploration and appraisal
    • Annual success and discovery rates (1966-2015)
    • E&A activity 2005 – 2015
    • Discoveries made in 2015
    • Change in exploration activity, 2014 - 2015
    • Change in appraisal activity, 2014 - 2015
    • 2015 E&A activity by basin
    • 2015 E&A success by basin
    • Operated success rate in 2015
    • Change in drilling activity by company, 2014-2015
  • Licensing
    • Acreage and licences awarded in APA rounds
    • Licences and acreage awarded: 1995-2015
  • Development Activity
    • Historical capital investment
    • Top 10 projects by capital investment 2015
    • Top 10 companies by capital investment 2015
    • Investment by sector
    • Developments brought onstream in 2015
    • Delays and increasing capital costs on selected projects
    • FID delay on selected projects
    • Developments that reached FID in 2015
    • Drilling capex vs. wells drilled
    • Oil price vs. FX rate
    • Annual operating costs
    • Total production (2006 – 2015)
    • Top 10 liquids producing fields
    • Top 10 gas producing fields
    • Average monthly liquids production (2010 – 2015)
    • Norwegian commercial reserves traded and valuation* (2005 - 2015)
    • Key deals involving Norwegian assets in 2015
    • Number of new entrants on the NCS (2005 - 2015)
    • Change in value (US$M) – top 10
Requester's name : .............
Department : .............
Authoriser's Name : .............
Authoriser's signature : .............
Date : .............
Cost Centre : .............

Questions about this report?

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Europe: +44 131 243 4699
  • Americas: +1 713 470 1900
  • Asia Pacific: +61 2 8224 8898
contact us

Why Wood Mackenzie?

Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk Analytics business, has been a trusted source of commercial intelligence for the world's natural resources sector for more than 40 years, empowering clients to make better strategic decisions with objective analysis and advice.

We work across every sector of oil, gas, power, renewables, chemicals, metals and mining, covering more than 150 countries. Our proprietary data and models are at the core of everything we do, ensuring our independent asset and company valuations are thoroughly robust and that we offer an accurate forward-looking view of economic indicators such as market supply, demand and price trends.

Our 500+ analysts are based in the regions they cover, cultivating an unrivalled depth of understanding to help clients accurately identify new opportunities, define their strategy and improve business performance.

At every stage, our teams readily collaborate and share their insight to provide an integrated perspective across entire industries. It is this unique and rigorous analytical approach that ensures we are recognised as the industry standard by the world’s most innovative organisations.