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The West African OSV sector was among the hardest-hit by the impacts of Covid-19 on the offshore oil and gas industry in 2020. However, against the backdrop of tight supply, regional market conditions have clearly improved in 2021. With large PSV dayrates now at their highest level since 2015 in West Africa, this month’s Analysis reviews the swift evolution of the sector’s fortunes over the past 18 months.

West Africa: PSV Shortage Generates Rate Momentum…

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Halfway through 2021, sentiment around future oil demand has clearly improved, despite challenges
such as the spread of the Delta variant or continuing travel restrictions dampening demand. Though
partly owing to OPEC+ cuts constraining short-term oil supply, oil prices have risen to above $75/bbl,
and accordingly, 1H 2021 saw improved interest in progressing offshore oil and gas project FIDs.

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The ‘Energy Transition’ has become a key focus in many industries and the offshore oil and gas sector has been no exception, with upstream players increasingly looking at what role they can play in the fast growing renewable energy segment. The offshore wind sector, in particular, has been attracting attention from those E&P companies with experience of offshore operations.

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Whilst most offshore vessels have been burning MGO for many years with benefits in terms of reduced NOx and SOx emissions (relative to HFO), efforts to transition to cleaner, lower carbon fuels are increasingly evident. The first adoption of LNG fuel was by Norwegian players, but there are now slow signs of interest in a range of alternative fuel options, from owners and charterers in a range of regions. 

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The start of 2020 was a time of cautious optimism for offshore vessel owners. A trend towards slow market rebalancing had prevailed across 2018/19, and hopes were for a continuation of this. Covid-19’s arrival, however, soon changed the narrative. Low oil prices, slumping global oil demand and necessary production cuts have weakened markets, leaving 2020 a year to forget for owners and operators alike.

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Covid-19 has been a tough blow to the offshore sector. The sector has had a difficult last half decade, with the boom-times of >$100/bbl oil receding into the rear-view mirror. Although utilisation and dayrate levels began to tick up in 2019, the outlook was significantly weakened by Covid-19. Tracking the key indicators on how offshore markets are developing will be important as the downturn plays out.

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The impact of the spread of Covid-19 in Q1 2020 on the energy markets has contributed to a significant shift in the outlook for the offshore industry, as well as the wider oil and gas sector. Operators have shifted rapidly from planning modest increases in CAPEX budgets to making swingeing cuts, and major offshore projects are being delayed and cancelled as a result.

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Offshore contracting has remained at extremely low levels for a number of years, and the mobile offshore orderbook has now shrunk to less than a quarter of its peak size. Furthermore, the majority of units on order in the MDU and OSV sectors were now contracted more than five years ago. This month’s Analysis examines what’s still on the orderbook and where solutions have been found.

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2019 was a cautiously positive year for the offshore industry, with the slow journey towards market rebalancing continuing to progress in most sectors. Nonetheless, the industry continued to face substantial structural pressures, with demand growth in most vessel classes only modest and oversupply remaining an issue in almost every region.

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Exploration drilling has naturally faced cutbacks since the offshore downturn. As discretionary spending, it typically suffers in weaker markets. Yet, as 2019 began, it seemed like several promising wildcat wells were on the horizon. Some wells have delivered key discoveries, likely to add impetus toward project FIDs. But other high-profile campaigns have disappointed. So, what’s succeeded and what’s failed?

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