Westwood Global Energy Group

Oil & Gas

The oil market continues its cautious rally but more uncertainty lies ahead

For the oil markets, the first half of the year saw extraordinary swings in supply and demand, culminating in what is now thought to have been a staggering 22mbbpd of oversupply in April as OECD economies headed into lockdown  and OPEC+ cuts dissolved. Demand fell to 78mmbpd and Saudi Arabia pumped an additional 1.6mmbpd, driving Brent down to under $10/bbl on April 21st and briefly pushing the WTI futures contract into negative territory.

Oil & Gas

Business case for exploration still exists, Westwood Global says

Confidence had returned to global exploration with improved performance and the emergence of several new multi-billion barrel plays.  The confidence carried over into 2020 but has evaporated in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and the collapse in oil prices.  Short term plans are in a state of flux and exploration strategy is being reset again. 

North Sea

The current challenges for the UK and Norway in the face of Covid-19

The world has been transformed in the past month since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. The dramatic impact of COVID-19 on global oil demand and has been compounded by Saudi Arabia and Russia failing to agree production cuts to stabilise oil prices. With Brent trading well below US$30/bbl the resilience of the sector is once again being pushed to its limit. What does this mean for the UK and Norway upstream sectors?

Market info

Exploration: Oil finds in Greater Edvard Grieg area

Westwood Global Energy reports that there were five active exploration wells and two active appraisal wells as of June 25. Since the last report, six wells have spudded and four have completed.