Cost Insights
by PowerAdvocate

Intelligence for energy companies seeking a data-driven approach to cost management

Key Cost Trends in EMEA Upstream: July 2021 - June 2022

September 27, 2021 at 10:44 AM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

2021 marks an opportunity for upstream operators to overcome cost challenges presented amid last year's turbulent market through appropriate CAPEX and OPEX forecasting.

In our July update, we identify and provide cost forecasts for key CAPEX categories including OCTG, onshore & offshore drilling rigs; and OPEX categories including production chemicals and equipment rental.

Some notable trends include equipment rental likely to experience one of the most notable cost increase (~5%) amid price increases in 2022.

Operators are leveraging these forecasts to estimate key cost changes, forecast spend, and use industry data to optimise costs in 2021.

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Europe O&G: 2021 Upstream Market Forecasts

March 9, 2021 at 10:13 AM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

2021 marks an opportunity for upstream operators to overcome cost challenges presented amid last year's turbulent market through appropriate CapEx and OpEx forecasting. 

In our latest market report, we provide cost forecasts for key CapEx & OpEx categories and outline why we see cost increases across almost all of them which are forecast to rise between ~1%-12% between February 2021 and January 2022. 

Some of the top categories with notable inflationary/deflationary trends included in the report are: 

  • CapEx: OCTG, onshore & offshore drilling rigs, and wellhead equipment services
  • OpEx: Production chemicals, compression services, and offshore support vessels

As operators focus on optimizing their costs in 2021, it is key to leverage market forecasts to estimate key cost changes and forecast spend. 

Market Forecast Overall Weighted Trend Based on Brent Crude Spot Price Scenarios

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Europe O&G: 2021 Downstream Market Reflections

February 8, 2021 at 3:24 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

2020 has been a volatile year for downstream supply markets, and several key cost categories have moved sharply. For example, since last January,

  • Hot-Rolled Coil Steel costs have increased by 40%+
  • Copper costs have increased by 16%+
  • Organic Basic Chemicals costs have decreased by 4%+

As operators refine their CapEx and OpEx programs for 2021, we have found that it is important to understand both how key downstream commodities have trended, and the impacts of those trends on key cost categories – for example, the 16%+ increase in copper costs contributed to a 7%+ increase in Electrical Supplies.

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Europe O&G: 2020 Upstream Cost Top Movers

December 17, 2020 at 10:34 AM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

2020 has been a volatile year for upstream supply markets in Europe, and several key cost categories have experienced inflationary pressure. For example, since January,

  • Screen costs have increased by 16.6%
  • Generator costs have increased by 11.7%
  • Carbon Steel Pipe costs have increased by 11.3%

Understanding how key cost markets are trending unlocks value across the entire cost management lifecycle:  from identifying market-driven opportunities and risks to support category strategy development, to executing data-driven vendor negotiations, to tying contracts to favorable indices to underpin contract resilience.

Our team recently put together a list of upstream cost categories which experienced the most inflationary pressure during 2020. 

 

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Pricing Projects in the Wake of an Oil Crash: How Midstream Firms Can Stay Competitive in a Down Market

April 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Project Estimation, Cost Reduction, Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

COVID19 Production

 

Amidst the COVID-19 market downturn, midstream projects are under intense scrutiny as executives look to reduce spending in a capital-constrained environment. However, data challenges prevent firms from identifying opportunities to lower cost estimates, resulting in scrapped projects and lost bids.

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COVID-19 Market Report: Managing O&G Supply Chain in the Face of a Market Crisis

April 8, 2020 at 4:20 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Cost Reduction, Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

COVID-19 Should-Cost

 

As the market downturn has forced Oil and Gas operators to diligently scrutinize 2020 budgets, common data challenges are impeding E&P executives from taking swift action. 

In our most recent market report, we examine two questions raised by executives grappling with the current market crisis:

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Soft Oilfield Service Prices: Implications for Supply Chains

December 24, 2019 at 5:42 PM / by Elcin Aktasosburg and Jordan Monahan posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities

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Highlights from the 2019 Houston Wood Mackenzie Energy Summit

December 19, 2019 at 3:46 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

We’re excited to share that PowerAdvocate recently took part in sister company Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Summit in Houston.

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New Section 301 Tariffs: What Supply Chain Teams Should Know

August 28, 2019 at 1:18 PM / by Steven Eisen posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities

Summary

  • The US administration recently announced two new rounds of tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China at a rate of 10%, effective September 1 and December 15.
  • This is the fourth round of US tariffs on imports from China, which now covers over $500 billion of Chinese imports, covering nearly all remaining trade with China.
  • China has responded by cutting US imports and by threatening additional tariffs on US goods.
  • The new tariffs largely focus upon consumer products; however, the tariffs also cover numerous steel & aluminum products in both finished and intermediate states that may impact energy supply chain teams. However, the lists will not include products for which China maintains monopolistic market share, such as rare earth minerals and barite.
  • While trade negotiations between China and the US are expected to continue, should the talks fail to result in an agreement, the list 4 tariff rate is anticipated to increase to 25%, in line with lists 1 – 3.
  • Supply Chain teams should evaluate how exposed they are to key commodities such as steel and aluminum and be able to evaluate potential risks to cost structure.

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Case Studies: A Cost-Centric Mindset in a Down Market

August 14, 2019 at 12:25 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, Oil & Gas

As oil prices continually dip below $60/bbl and margins tighten, E&Ps are facing more pressure than ever to manage costs in order to deliver more shareholder value. After recent second quarter results, even top E&Ps suffered stock plummets upwards of 30%, which analysts have attributed to rising costs of production. The challenge – and the opportunity – is for operators to exercise greater capital discipline by more surgically executing cost-cutting strategies.

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