--> ABSTRACT: Converting Your Geotechnical Prospect To An Economic Business Venture, by Mark A. McLane, Michael A. Andersen, and Peter R. Rose; #90906(2001)

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Mark A. McLane1, Michael A. Andersen2, Peter R. Rose3

(1) Rose & Associates, LLP, Midland, TX
(2) Rose & Associates, LLP, Irving, TX
(3) Rose and Associates, LLP, Austin, TX

ABSTRACT: Converting Your Geotechnical Prospect To An Economic Business Venture

Independent oil and gas prospectors recognize that their prospects compete with counterpart ventures in the E&P market place. Increasingly, those prospects that are purchased and drilled, generally by larger firms, have been scrutinized for geotechnical soundness, and evaluated objectively and consistently with respect to reserves potential, chance of success, cost, and profitability, in order to qualify for the firm's annual drilling portfolio. More and more, even small or midsize E&P firms are employing portfolio principles to systematically coordinate and manage their exploration activities.

Inescapably, the motives of the independent prospector and the purchasing firm are not parallel. The prospector wants to sell the prospect, whereas the purchaser wants to evaluate it objectively. Obviously, this can present ethical dilemmas. However, regardless of an understandable desire to present the prospect in the most favorable light, the wise prospector will seek to understand how the purchaser will analyze it, in relation to the portfolio, and will provide objective, documented data facilitating such evaluation (as well as countering the inevitable drawbacks that attend any prospect).

Key geotechnical and economic parameters and analyses that should accompany any submitted prospect are:

(1) Current field size distribution for the trend; (2) Objective, documented, probabilistic cost estimates; (3) Probabilistic prospect reserves distribution (P90, P50, P10, Mean); (4) DCF analysis of P90, P50, P10, Mean cases, yielding PV10, with assumptions (5) Chance of geologic, commercial, and economic success; (6) Economic yardsticks utilizing key performance parameters (Expected Net Present Value, Risk Investment Efficiency, DCFROR, Payout, Risked Cost -of-Finding).

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90906©2001 AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado