15 March 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — An average CapEx of $7.1bn per year is forecast to be spent on 31 upcoming oil and gas fields in Oceania between 2018 and 2025, according to GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company.
Capital expenditure (CapEx) into Oceania’s conventional gas and coal bed methane (CBM) projects would add up to $48.6bn and $4.6bn respectively over the eight-year period. Conventional oil projects will require $3.0bn, while the investments into heavy oil projects would total $0.8bn in upstream CapEx by 2025.
GlobalData expects the 31 upcoming oil and gas projects in Oceania will require $140bn in CapEx to produce over 1,160 million barrels of crude and 64,759 billion cubic feet of gas over their lifetime. Upcoming shallow water projects in Oceania will have the highest total CapEx at $63.7bn, while deepwater and onshore projects carry a total CapEx of $56.6bn and $19.6bn, respectively.
Australia accounts for over 83% of the $57bn of capital expenditure in Oceania for the period of 2018 to 2025. The country has 23 announced and planned fields. Among these, top fields in terms of CapEx for the period are Browse LNG with $15.2bn, Scarborough with $7.1bn and Prelude with $3.8bn.
Papua New Guinea has 14 percent share in Oceania’s planned and announced CapEx over 2018 and 2025. The country has six planned and announced fields. Elk-Antelope, P’nyang, and Elevala are the top fields with CapEx for the eight-year period of $3.9bn, $2.2bn and $0.7bn, respectively. All three are conventional gas projects located in onshore.
The Timor Sea Joint Petroleum Development Area is expected to contribute about 2 percent to the total CapEx spending in Oceania between 2018 and 2025. Greater Sunrise is the only conventional gas deepwater field, with a CapEx of $1.4bn for the eight-year period.