Monday, October 4, 2010
Crude Oil and Gas Reserves Rise Despite Decline in Investment
"We were very surprised at the strength of reserve additions given the weak economic conditions and tightness in credit markets during 2009," said Nicholas D. Cacchione, director of IHS Herold and author of the report. Oil reserves reversed a two year decline, rising three percent to 164 billion barrels, mostly due to extensions and discoveries in the Canadian oil sands that added 8.6 billion barrels in positive reserve additions. A record 7.9 billion barrels also was added in the South and Central American regions also added a record 7.9 billion barrels.
Natural gas reserves climbed 3.7 percent despite a record 11.4 Tcf in negative reserve revisions, as development of unconventional plays in North America and liquefied natural gas resources in Asia accelerated. The decline in capital spending resulted from a 40 percent reduction by exploration and production companies, while the integrated oil companies cut investment by just nine percent. Exploration spending was most resilient, dropping just 12 percent to $62.7 billion. Unproved acquisition costs were down 71 percent, and a two percent dip in proved acquisition outlays would have fallen 50 percent were it not for the $20 billion Suncor/Petro-Canada merger.
Lower capital spending and higher reserves resulted in a near 50 percent decrease in reserve replacement costs, to $11.41/barrel of oil equivalent (BOE), and lowered finding and development costs to $12.23/BOE. Strong natural gas reserve additions led reserve replacement rates to the highest levels in five years.....Read the entire article.
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