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Despite Weak 2023 Drilling, Majors Remain Wary to Boost Exploration Spending

Hey Trader,

In the ever-evolving landscape of the oil industry, one thing remains clear: major players are treading cautiously when it comes to exploration spending.

According to recent analysis by Rystad, oil giants like ExxonMobil, Shell, and TotalEnergies have shown reluctance to boost their exploration budgets.

Despite the allure of deepwater projects and the potential for reserve growth, these companies have collectively invested $7 billion annually in drilling activities from 2020 to 2024 - a significant decrease from the pre-pandemic average of $10 billion per year.

The decline in exploration spending is mirrored by a sharp drop in conventional discoveries. In 2023, only 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent were discovered, marking a staggering 68% decrease from the previous year. This decline is particularly notable in frontier basins, where drilling efforts have yielded just 20% of the reserves found.

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So, why the hesitation? One key factor is the higher cost of capital compared to previous years. In this challenging financial environment, oil majors are seeking breakthroughs in frontier areas akin to the success seen in Guyana. Shell's expansion in Uruguay alone secured over a third of the awarded acreage, highlighting the industry's focus on high-potential regions.

For traders looking to navigate these shifting dynamics, understanding the cautious approach of oil majors is crucial. By staying informed and equipped with the right insights, you can capitalize on emerging trends and position yourself for success in the energy market.

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Anthony Speciale

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