What future for the IOCs in China?

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The large IOCs have traditionally been offered the most technically demanding upstream projects in China - from offshore to tight, sour and deepwater gas, and then to shale. But the Chinese NOCs have enjoyed significant recent success in their own operated endeavours in both deepwater and shale, which raises a crucial question – what is the future role of the IOCs? Although capital spend and production from IOC-led projects is on the rise – net output should rise by a third to just under 220 kboed by 2019 - the future project pipeline is bare. We analyse the role of the large IOCs across China's different upstream sectors and the outlook for new large-scale opportunities, particularly from forthcoming energy policy reform and the emergence of new local partners.

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  • Chart 1: Forecast of large-cap IOC net Chinese production (kboed)
  • Diagram 1: IOC-led tight and sour gas project details and timelines
  • Chart 3: IOC-led DW wildcats in China 2008-2015
  • Chart 4: CNOOC 100% DW wildcats in China 2008-2015
  • Diagram 2: Timeline of IOC shale JSAs awarded / relinquished (2007-2015)
  • Chart 2: Forecast of large IOC net Chinese capital expenditure (US$ million)

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