December 2020

What industry leaders expect for 2021

It is an understatement, to say that 2020 is the year that people want to forget—most people were “done’ with this year by about August. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore a year that was filled with so much impact, and which was deadly (Covid-19), tumultuous (oil market and prices) and unpredictable (politics, elections and regulation), often all at the same time. There were unprecedented social and business lockdowns in response to Covid-19 that killed demand. There were record-low oil prices and record-low rig counts that slashed activity. And there were record-high vote totals in the U.S., amid an election that just finally resolved itself on Dec. 14. Against this background, a core group of our editorial advisors has worked to assess the global E&P industry during the last 12 months, and attempted to foresee what may take place in the coming year. Some of the subjects tackled by our advisors include a look at how to boost the global LNG market; continued uncertainty for the UK Continental Shelf; the carbon intensity of reserves, as the next step to net-zero; the role that Norwegian firms are playing in developing technology that will help the industry to prosper; a look at some talented leaders that are impacting the industry in its time of need; the true impact of digital oilfield technology; and a look at an Arctic oil field of the future, which is developing now. We encourage you to read forward for all the details.
Kurt Abraham / World Oil

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