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E&P cost reduction through technology assessment

A case study in subsea technology identification

Cost reductions achieved by adopting new oilfield technologies are critical to improve the resilience of Exploration and Production margins, especially for subsea assets. However, new cost-effective technologies can only be deployed successfully with sustained and targeted R&D efforts. In this...
Oil & gas, Telecommunications, Information technology, Media & Electronics (TIME)

When should national oil companies have subsidiaries?

Rationales for establishing subsidiaries in national oil companies and how these NOCs can manage their existing subsidiaries more effectively –...

National oil companies (NOCs) are becoming ever more influential in today’s oil and gas environment, dominating production output and expanding their footprints beyond their local boundaries. With this growth and increase in influence, many NOCs have expanded their organizations over the years,...
Oil & gas

The oil company of the future

What does the future eco-system look like, and what are the potential business models to succeed?

What are oil companies going to look like in the future?The oil industry is shifting towards NOC hegemony, peak oil is arriving from the demand side, and the energy mix is changing. Oil companies’ profiles are in constant evolution, and they are already adapting their business strategies to the...
Oil & gas

Local content after a booming oil & gas cycle

Ambitions and limits of local content development

A cycle of booming oil and gas exploration and production activity ended in 2015. During the decade 2005–2015, pressure on local content intensified in most oil-rich countries. The time has come to examine the economic impact of both regulations and initiatives taken by private international and...
Oil & gas

Building momentum – oil and gas in Latin America

Development of unconventional oil and gas resources

Unconventional oil production has grown these past few years despite low oil prices since 2014. Although production in the US decreased in 2015, stabilization of prices and improvements in several operational areas allowed unconventionals to maintain a relevant role in the global supply. Last year...
Oil & gas

Innovation through contracting in the oil and gas sector

How contracts with external partners drive innovation in the oil and gas sector

An increasing number of CEOs see innovation as a key lever for growth and critical to achieving sustained competitive advantage across the oil and gas sector. To be more innovative, firms increasingly complement their internal innovation capabilities with solutions, ideas, and technologies from...
Oil & gas, Strategy, Organization & transformation, Technology & innovation management

Dead end approaches for high- sulfur fuels

Refiners’ time window shrinks - they need to act

Demand switch to low-sulfur fuels has been uneven across the globe, but environmental and engine regulations are pressing sulfur specs to extremely low limits. Refiners need to act accordingly since there will not be place to sink high-sulfur fuels anymore.Demand for ultra-low-sulfur on-road fuels...
Oil & gas

Analysis of the proposed gas directive amendment

White paper

This report reviews the recently proposed amendment to the Gas Directive, as put forward by the European Commission, which has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in November of 2017.The proposed amendment suggests the extension of the Third Energy Package, to...
Oil & gas

LNG still in transit

Change continues in the LNG industry, but the pace is evolution, not revolution

The LNG industry finds itself today in a very different situation than was expected 10 years ago. Several key disruptions have occurred: shale gas turned the US from an LNG importer into an LNG exporter, imports to Japan boomed to replace nuclear electricity production after Fukushima, and European...
Oil & gas

Digitalization can make energy more affordable

An interview with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, TotalPatrick Pouyanné has been chief executive officer of Total since 2014, after the death of his predecessor, Christophe de Margerie, in Moscow. A year after, he became chairman of the board of directors. During his career at...
Oil & gas, Digital company transformation