Expectations for this year’s E&P market in Canada were not quite as chilly as the weather, when this editor arrived in Calgary at the end of January. Compared to a cold snap that plunged temperatures to – 25°C ( – 13°F) at night, the outlook for Canadian upstream activity seemed relatively balmy. Let’s just say that most companies are taking an "intelligently cautious" approach (credit for this term goes to a local E&P professional).
Consider the numbers that back up this Calgarian thinking: According to various Canadian associations and publications, between 17,000 and 18,000 wells were drilled in Canada last year. Depending on who counts wells from year to year, this was either a record or near-record performance. For 2002, the forecasts run between 13,600 and 15,015 wells, which would still be Canada’s fourth-best year, ever.
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