Australian Offshore Drilling Expenditure Reached USD 1.9 billion in 2011, According to GBI Research

11 Oct 2012 • by Natalie Aster

The big spending of oil and gas firms and a focus on deepwater drilling will see Australia overtake Qatar as the biggest global producer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by 2017.

The new study, "Offshore Drilling Industry in Asia-Pacific to 2016 - Rising Regional Demand Leading to Deepwater Focus in China", says that domestic and regional demand has spurred Australia to intensify deepwater natural gas production from the country’s abundant offshore reserves.

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Offshore Drilling Industry in Asia-Pacific to 2016 - Rising Regional Demand Leading to Deepwater Focus in China
Published: September, 2012
Pages: 69
Price: US$ 3.500,00

Deepwater drilling is a highly rewarding but expensive and risky endeavour. Australia’s offshore drilling expenditure in 2011 was $1.9 billion – $1.3 billion of which was dedicated to deepwater hydrocarbon production. GBI Research predicts this portion will grow to $2.5 billion by just 2016, while shallow water expenditure will exhibit minimal growth, increasing by just $0.06 billion during the same period.

The Australian government has been strongly promoting the usage of LNG as a primary source of fuel for heavy goods transport along its highways, spurring on further investments by creating a consistent demand.

Woodside Petroleum and Apache Corporation are the top lease-holders in offshore Australia, holding leases for 55 and 53 blocks respectively in 2011, followed by Santos, Chevron and BHP Billiton, with 27, 25 and 22 blocks, respectively.

For the entire Asia-Pacific region, offshore drilling expenditure will climb from $16 billion in 2011 to $24 billion in 2016, with an expected deepwater spend of $14 billion in the final year.

More information can be found in the report “Offshore Drilling Industry in Asia-Pacific to 2016 - Rising Regional Demand Leading to Deepwater Focus in China” by GBI Research.

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