New Study: O&G Exploration Bounces Back in 2017, Profitable Again

Global research firm Wood Mackenzie, a trusted source of commercial intelligence for the world’s natural resources sector, recently published a new study that predicts global oil and gas exploration and production (i.e. drilling) in 2017 is going to bounce back–in a pretty big way. E&P companies in North America are forecast to boost their capital expenditures in 2017 by 24.5%–the first increase since 2014. Perhaps some independent verification of that prediction has just been provided by EQT. As we note in a related story today, EQT is boosting their capex next year to $1.5 billion–a 50% increase (see EQT 2017 Forecast: Drilling 119 Marcellus, 81 UD, 7 Utica Wells). However, the trend in recent months will continue toward “a smaller, more efficient industry.” In other words, we won’t see the roaring days of a few years ago, but at least we’ll see an uptick in new drilling in the coming year. Here’s what the brains at Wood Mackenzie predict will happen in the next 12 months…

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