The Implications of Different Acceptable Prospective Returns to Investment for Activity in the UKCS

Alexander G. Kemp, Linda Stephen

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of different investment hurdle rates on capital expenditure and production relating to new oil and gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf over the period 2017-2050. Financial simulation modelling, including the Monte Carlo technique to model future fields, is employed along with a large database of discovered but undeveloped fields. The investment hurdles employed are (1) real IRR of 10%, (2) real IRR of 15%, (3) minimum NPV of £10 million, (4) NPV/I ≥ 0.3, and (5) NPV/I ≥ 0.5. The last 2 hurdles reflect significant capital rationing. At oil prices of $50 many projects fail even the least demanding hurdle. At $60 price many more projects pass the hurdles but use of the NPV/I ratios result in much lower investment and production over the period.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Pagesi - 61
Number of pages68
Volume141
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Publication series

NameNorth Sea Study Occasional Papers
No.141
ISSN (Electronic)0143-022X

Keywords

  • investment hurdles
  • activity in the UKCS
  • discount rates
  • capital rationing

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