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Through topical and fact-based analytics, highly detailed data and leading-edge advisory services, Rystad Energy is uniquely positioned to provide deep insight into global exploration trends, detailed at well level, and to benchmark exploration performance between companies and geographical regions. 

We provide complete coverage of global upstream exploration activity through our well-by-well approach, including costs as well as historical, planned and forecasted wells. For each wildcat and appraisal well, we offer resource estimates, key reservoir parameters, ownership and operational metrics. Rystad Energy continuously collects data from E&P companies, government agencies and other players in the upstream sector to enhance our well-by-well database. For Investors, we have packaged our exploration data into Investor Solutions. Moreover, with multiple available data feed options, clients can easily integrate our insights into their preferred business intelligence analysis tool or their own database infrastructure.  

We deliver access to data, reports and commentaries that synthesize the market implications of trends and key events along with our expert views, all backed by the unparalleled data in Rystad Energy's UCube and ECube databases. Through our Analytics, clients receive timely and comprehensive analysis of the latest trends and key developments within exploration, including licensing rounds, discovery trends, high impact wells and benchmarking of exploration performance.  

We collaborate closely with our customers to ensure we deliver  high quality consulting services in an efficient manner. Rystad Energy's highly skilled consulting team has an extensive track record of solving a wide variety of assignments related to exploration, and customers often come back to us for updates and new projects over time. We have expanded our global footprint and continue to tackle new challenges on behalf of both familiar and new clients seeking business opportunities and maximum returns from their exploration programs.


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For strategy analysts within an E&P company seeking complete and detailed exploration data, or investors looking to benchmark exploration performance, or equity analysts who require analysis of estimated value creation from exploration, our comprehensive data provides invaluable insights that enable clients to make well informed decisions. The data covers: 

  • Discovered resources from wells dating back to 1900  
  • Historical and forecasted activity data, such as well counts, drilling days, awarded acreage and lease rounds 
  • Operational data for exploration wells, including well type, HC content, length, depth and target play 
  • Detailed work commitments for each exploration block 
  • Map package with license blocks, sedimentary thickness, sub-basin and basin overlays, geo- provinces, source rocks and global shales 

The data can be accessed via either: 

  • Cube browser, a Rystad Energy desktop tool enabling clients to create their own analysis and extract data 
  • Dashboards on the Rystad Energy Client Portal, an easy-to-use web-based tool with premade workflow analyses focusing on key upstream topics 

Our Data Feed delivery method allows our data to be delivered and updated through industry standard protocols such as OData, FTP and ArcGIS REST API, and can be imported easily into the client's preferred data analysis tool.


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We deliver a wide range of advisory services within the upstream sector for executive boards, management and commercial and technical teams. Clients are seeking qualified independent guidance in relation to exploration opportunities. This includes customers within E&Ps, oilfield services, government agencies and investors. Examples of advisory themes include: 

  • Understanding exploration trends globally, by country and by company 
  • Reviewing, developing or revising exploration strategies 
  • Benchmarking exploration drilling costs 
  • Benchmarking exploration value creation, top performing explorers and best practices 
  • Benchmarking exploration areas based on creaming curves for wildcat and infrastructure-led exploration 
  • Identifying farm-in opportunities, exploration partners or buyers of assets    
  • Technical and commercial due diligence and valuation of exploration acreage and discoveries 
  • Expert witness in court cases 
  • Identifying opportunities within oilfield services related to exploration, such as seismic, drilling and the rig market   

We have experienced G&G, subsurface and commercial consultants with a track record of delivering high quality, tailormade projects in an efficient manner.