UK and Norway upstream costs - how far will they fall?

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Report summary

High capital and operating costs are the single biggest issue for companies in the UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. Developing and running fields while making a profit has become ever more challenging, even during the 'good times' of oil prices around US$100/bbl. Radical changes are required to correct the cost base. So, what can we expect to change? And why? We detail our expectations for cost deflation across the UK and Norway.

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Table of contents

    • What will change and why?
    • What's behind the cost deflation?
    • Why do the UK and Norway differ?
    • The effect of Norwegian Kroner depreciation on costs
    • Model field analysis on deflationary impact
    • What projects and companies will see big cost reductions?
      • What happens when the oil price recovers?
      • Efficiencies vs unit cost reductions – lessons from history
    • Impact on the service sector
    • What if the oil price doesn't recover?

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This report includes 6 images and tables including:


  • Capital costs - expected deflation
  • Operating costs - expected deflation
  • Norway projects based on pre/post deflation*
  • UK projects based on pre/post deflation**
  • Top 20 companies by net capital spend, 2015 - 2025
  • Top 20 projects by capital spend, 2015 - 2025

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