With expanding worldwide demand, significantly fluctuating prices, and increasingly strict environmental laws, the oil and gas industry has three significant challenges: cost reduction, optimization of industrial base assets performance, and reduction of environmental imprint.
FREMONT, CA: Investments in the energy renaissance by the oil and gas industries will continue to change. The oil and gas industry's upstream operators will focus on extracting value from recent finds and acquisitions through more efficient operations, risk assessment, and the use of new technology and innovations. As a result, innovative trends in the upstream sector will filter down to midstream infrastructure, refinery operations, and petrochemical facilities.
Some adversities in the oil and gas industry are listed below.
Acreage on the frontier and access to reserves: The 'Frontier acreage' challenge entails investigating and exploiting previously undiscovered fields that were deemed too complex, expensive, or politically unstable to justify operations. Access to reserves entails competition for proven deposits, which has been increasingly challenging in recent decades as the government's involvement has expanded. I would also include remote places with recently discovered deposits, such as the Arctic, the far North Sea, and Brazil's pre-salt basins in deep water.
Unusual resources: Until recently, these resources were not financially feasible. Only technological improvement has 'unconventional' gained such popularity in recent years, partially alleviating the worldwide demand issue.
Shale gas, oil sands, and coalbed methane are all examples of unconventional resources (CBM). While it is a handy way to meet our energy demands, the technique it entails, namely hydraulic fracturing, has sparked discussion among communities and professionals regarding the impact on nature conservation and water supplies. This, in turn, may impede its development through unfavorable government laws.
Conventional reserves on rugged terrain: This reflects a largely unstable political regime, which results in a lack of investment security. There are countries (Nigeria, Libya, and Iran) and locations with novel discoveries in unfamiliar surroundings where environmental policy is represented by soft law. (Treaty on the Protection of the Arctic Environment).
Demand from emerging markets is increasing: According to the Energy Institute, 51 percent of oil and gas respondents indicated that they had made significant investments in emerging markets, including China and other Asian nations. Because government pricing policies primarily determine performance in emerging markets, any foreign direct investment carries significant risk and raises the problem of the state's 'bargaining power.'