Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Switching Horses on Oil Strategy

The WSJ reports on big oil's quandary...can't make new capital investment in exploration cause it just don't pay...
Thunder Horse, which started up in 2008, will provide 42% of BP's incremental upstream production over the next three years, according to analysts at J.P. Morgan Chase. Unfortunately, it is also one of BP's few discoveries of such scale in recent memory. Neil McMahon of Sanford C. Bernstein calculates that less than half of BP's additions to reserves over the past five years have come through its exploration efforts.

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