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Will rising oil prices lead to a renewed shale boom?

Will shale’s return on investment be higher and faster with a rising oil price or does it lose its competitive advantage above $60? Jonathan Green, upstream oil and gas business analyst, provides some provocative food for thought on shale as we approach the end of 2017.

Hydrocarbons are effectively an infinite resource. It just depends on how much you are prepared to spend to exploit them. Many shale players are stating that they can profitably produce at US$40/bbl and that they are well positioned to ramp up production massively as the price of WTI moves beyond US$60/bbl. However, shale’s resilience has to a large extent relied on the willingness of the capital markets to fund persisting cash-flow deficits in E&P companies. [Read more…]

KPO Training Course Held in Kazakhstan

WBC delivered Gas, Gas Contracts and Commercial Oil Operations for the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating company in October 2017.  The KPO training course was organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at KPO’s office in Uralsk and was delivered by WBC’s Angus Warren to 12 KPO employees.  The group hailed from diverse functions, with participants from the legal, trading, logistics, marketing, compliance and accounting departments. [Read more…]

WBC Moderates Panel at Moody’s Conference

WBC’s Angus Warren was the moderator at a recent Moody’s conference presented by Moody’s Analytics and Knowledge Services*.  The theme of the conference was technology and innovation and our panel considered the influence of disruptive technology on strategic investment decisions in oil and gas.

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Fundamentals of Oil Markets Course Held for KAPSARC in Riyadh

The Fundamentals of Oil Markets was delivered for KAPSARC in Riyadh in September, in a course organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at the world class campus of KAPSARC and WBC’s Angus Warren delivered the 3 day programme to 12 KAPSARC employees.  The group was diverse with participants from Saudi, Jordan, India, Russia and the U.S.  and from a variety of functions including research, editorial, gas, oil, energy efficiency and environmental studies. [Read more…]

Disrupting the Business Model – when Partners become Competitors

News that Schlumberger is investing in its clients’ projects has resurrected an idea that could disrupt the traditional E&P business model. David Finlayson & Peter Smith look at the pros and cons of the initiative and what it means for careers and corporate culture. [Read more…]

Discovery Chance of Success – What are the Odds of Another?

David Finlayson, Chairman of WBC, comments on interesting analysis by Will Forbes of Edison that looks into the chance of success in exploration.  The original analysis, titled “Made a discovery? What are the odds of another?” can be found here. [Read more…]

WBC Attends NRGI Launch of Resource Governance Index

WBC’s Bob Laidler and Peter Smith recently attended the launch of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)’s Resource Governance Index (RGI).  This impressive 3 year assessment of oil, gas and mining governance in 81 countries is aimed promoting good governance practices worldwide. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas in a Word

Advertising guru Maurice Saatchi created the concept of one-word equity – using a single word to capture a brand’s value to its stakeholders. Can the same idea be applied to an entire industry? We posed the question (What’s one word to describe the Oil & Gas industry?) to 60,000 contacts and our wider industry network via LinkedIn and Twitter last month. See the word clouds for some of the many “Oil & Gas in a word” responses. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas Careers: Freelance vs Staff

For many, stepping out of the corporate world and into a freelance role is the fulfilment of their oil & gas careers.  It represents a chance for personal growth, building your own business, and testing your business skills in a competitive world.  For HR teams, it also offers benefits, but with some risks.  The financial rewards for the individual can be substantial: in good times, O&G day rates of $500 to $3,000+/day are readily achievable.

Why do it?

But of course it’s never just about the money. For some it’s a different way to develop a leadership role – leading projects, leading people, setting up a new business.  Some individuals go on to assume positions of significant influence, perhaps advising Boards, executives or governments – and maybe commanding $5,000 a day or more.  [Read more…]

NOC Assembly June 2017: Feedback

WBC’s Jon Green and Angus Warren attended this year’s NOC Assembly, hosted by The Oil & Gas Council, in Paris on Monday.  The event was well attended, mostly by African NOCs and Ministries given the follow-on Africa Assembly the next day.  It was good to see old colleagues and to meet new. [Read more…]

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