The development of new oil and gas fields, and the continued exploitation of mature assets, had become a sticking point in the energy transition discussion. Yet such a discussion did not quite take into account the geopolitical interferences, energy demand and energy security needs that could arise unexpectedly – some may say foolishly. Fortunately, the energy sector has ramped up drilling activity to take advantage of the reprieve shown to North Sea operators. Herein, the Energy Council looks at the next steps of the industry players active in the region and where their futures may lie.
The Energy Council are pleased to announce the Shortlists for the North America Energy Capital Assembly 2022.
As European states continue to explore their options to secure a greater diversity of energy away from Russia, what is available to them – within the context of the energy transition – is slim. With that in mind, the North Sea’s oil and gas producers do stand alone as the most progressive players when it comes to engaging on their energy transition commitments.
With consumer prices reaching unsustainable levels for a prolonged period, while the climate shifts continue on their downward spiral – the Energy Council examines how continued investment into North Sea E&P can play a crucial role in advancing the energy transition.
Chris Midgley is Chief Economist for Shell Trading and Head of Oil Markets Analysis. Chris advises the business on short term dynamics affecting Global Oil Markets as well as leading a team which model the future crude, oil products and chemicals trends.
The world has a growing population, increasing from 7 billion to 9 billion people by mid-century, with a higher expectation and affordability for their quality of life. Of these 9 billion people, more than half will live in Asia.
This will drive higher energy consumption for decades to come, even with improvements in efficiency.
I would expect JV counterparty distress to become a major challenge in a sustained low-price environment, as some players in the industry face a very real insolvency risk.
I suppose a good place to start would be about a year before the oil price fell, in 2013. We noticed at that time that the industry cost structure had become severely inflated. Our ultra deepwater wildcats could cost $250 million gross and the industry was maxed-out in terms of activity and this was stretching global capacity and global capability.
As a consequence, the industry performance as a whole at the top of the last cycle wasn’t that good because of the over-reach and the very high cost structure.
At the Oil and Gas Council, our role is to ensure we reflect our membership. It hasn’t escaped our notice that many of our members are undergoing efforts to realign their core business to a broader energy focus. Additionally, our network of financiers and investors are increasingly open to new opportunities that don’t sit in the traditional realms of upstream.
Our network has been built around connectivity, trust, integrity and most important impartiality. This final pillar presents an important distinction to many of the initiatives currently being pursued in the clean energy space.
Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the global energy sector. Several factors including robust economic progress and demographic advancement have led to incredible growth over the last few years, with expectations of continued high demand in the short-, medium- and long-term. China has been the main market of energy growth. Across Asia the electrification of the region’s rural population will be the main driver for energy demand.
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In 2019, we expect more than 9% in production growth, thanks to the ramp-ups of large projects like Kaombo or Egina plus some start-ups in Brazil, UK and Norway. But we can also expect a volatile Oil & Gas environment! This is why we will maintain financial discipline and pressure on cost reduction to further reduce our break even so as to remain profitable whatever the oil price and be able to invest in the company for the future..
Although new exploration is expected to bounce back from 2018 levels, the OGUK has cautioned that drilling activity continues to stand at a “record low rate” and supply chain firms remain under significant financial stress.
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