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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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Providing an overview of the commercial backdrop and expenditure trends in the offshore industry can be difficult, given the sheer breadth of the assets and regions involved. To help with this, Clarksons Research offers two macro level indicators, the Clarksons Offshore Index and the Offshore Project CAPEX timeseries, which can help explain the structure of and trends in offshore spending.

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North West Europe is a key offshore area, accounting for 3.2m bpd of offshore oil production (12% of the global total) and 17.8bn cfd of offshore gas (14%). Whilst 10% of the active jack-up fleet and 23% of the active floating MDU fleet are deployed off North West Europe, these are harsh environment units. The region is also home to c.400 OSVs, or 11% of the fleet, but hosts 30% of all PSVs >4,000 dwt.

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Drilling wells offshore always has an element of risk attached, and comes with significant upfront cost. Yet only a few appraisal campaigns end in ‘mega-finds’, and not all wells drilled indicate volumes of oil or gas worthy of stand-alone development. Whilst many such fields were side-lined as ‘non-commercial’ in the boom, since the downturn there has been an increasing push to develop more marginal satellites.

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There are a range of indicators that can be used to gauge activity in the subsea segment of the offshore industry, including the number of tree awards, the EPC/SURF contractor work backlog and subsea support vessel utilisation trends, for example. Another is the backlog of subsea trees on order at tree fabricators. So where is this indicator now and what might it suggest about the subsea sector generally?

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