Tight oil vs deepwater oil: more similar than you think

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It's hard to conceive how deepwater could be becoming more like tight oil, given how different they are in terms of upfront capital outlay and technical risks. But while the nature of deepwater hasn't fundamentally changed, the investment proposition has.

What’s inside this report?

Deepwater and tight oil are two of the great growth themes in our industry, and are often considered to be at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Deepwater represents large, expensive and complex long-cycle projects best suited to Big Oil. In contrast, tight oil offers flexible short-cycle opportunities appropriate for nimbler Independents.

But both are transforming rapidly, and look very different from just a few years ago.

In this report, we look at how the themes are converging.

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  • Global deepwater and US tight oil liquids output
  • Key characteristics of ‘old’ and ‘new’ tight oil
  • How costs compare

Global liquids output

27 May 2019

Tight oil vs deepwater oil: more similar than you think

Report summary

Deepwater and tight oil are resource themes commonly considered to be worlds apart, but are they really? Both themes are critical to the future growth of the upstream industry, and each is going through a period of rapid transformation. They look very different from just a few years ago, with cost structures and investment cycles remoulded. The corporate landscape is also evolving, with clear winners and losers emerging. So are these changes bringing tight oil and deepwater oil, two of the most dynamic upstream themes, closer together...or further apart?

Table of contents

  • Growth themes, re-invented
  • Permian tight oil: old versus the new
  • Deepwater evolves to keep up
    • Does convergence change company investment options?
    • How will corporate strategies change?

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  • Deepwater payback period and lead time

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