Wood Mackenzie Says Cuts in Drilling Projects “Brutal”

Global research firm Wood Mackenzie has just released an update to their July analysis on the continuing impact of low oil and gas prices on upstream (drilling) projects. The new analysis finds that in the last six months of 2015 an additional 22 major projects and seven billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of commercial reserves have been put on hold, on top of the 46 developments and 20 billion boe of reserves identified previously. The “good news,” if you can call it that, is that deepwater projects have been hit the hardest, more so than shale projects. One Wood analyst calls the impact of lower oil prices “brutal” for new projects. He says, “What began in late-2014 as a haircut to discretionary spend on exploration and pre-development projects has become a full surgical operation to cut out all non-essential operational and capital expenditure”…

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