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Global Upstream Operations Benchmark

What we do

During 2020, the oil and gas industry faced a set of truly unique challenges—from the COVID-19 pandemic to the subsequent fall in oil prices—all while trying to balance operating costs, increase production efficiency, and chart the course for net-zero and decarbonization targets. While the response continues to maintain human safety as first priority, operators are in parallel reimagining operating models and resetting performance ambitions. Our upstream benchmark provides the fact base and insights to help operators reach their full potential by addressing several critical questions:

  • How has the industry responded, and what impact has this had on operational performance?
  • What are peer targets for 2021 and where is the industry heading?
  • How do we compare against our peers, and where are the residual sources of value in cost and production?
  • How do our staffing levels and organization compare to our peers, and how will this evolve going forward?
  • How are we performing against decarbonization targets, and what are best practices in the industry?

2021 Global Upstream Operations Benchmark

Improve safety, operations, cost, and emissions performance

Energy Insights' Global Upstream Operations Benchmark will help you to identify and capture your highest value opportunities. Our extensive proprietary database includes more than 25 years of operations performance insights across a broad set of global upstream oil and gas assets, covering operating expenditures, production efficiency, deferments, safety, and emissions performance.

Please contact us by December 1 to find out more and express interest in participating in our 2021 benchmark.

Our approach

Quantify performance

  • We compare core performance across key categories and metrics.
  • We adjust for asset size, complexity, technology, and maturity using the McKinsey Cost Intensity (MCI) index and for energy efficiency using the McKinsey Decarbonization Index (MDI).

Identify opportunities

  • We identify gap to potential across critical operational areas to improve bottom-line performance.
  • Opportunity sizing based on trends and rankings to prioritize actions

Tailor recommendations

  • We present a management report and presentation highlighting:
    • core areas of strength
    • prioritized improvement gaps
    • specific recommendations

Our Benchmark

Our Global Upstream Operations Benchmark delivers quantitative metrics around 5 core areas, with the option to add modular deep dives for a more granular understanding of your performance relative to peers.

Our coverage

Global reach

Our database covers more than 600 offshore assets and conventional onshore fields spanning more than 40 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia– Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, covering $35 billion in operating expenditure, 23 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mmboe/d) of production, and 55 metric tons (MT) of CO2 emissions. Offshore coverage includes Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, Malaysia, the North Sea, Trinidad, West Africa, and across the Middle East.

Comprehensive peer groups

Asset types span all ages and complexity across the prolific producing basins, offshore and onshore. Offshore asset types range from fixed platforms to floaters, high pressure high temperature (HPHT) to heavy oil, start-up to late life. Operators include international and national oil companies, and a range of independents.

Examples of our work

$3 billion+ improvements identified across the portfolio of a global major oil and gas producer

Our core benchmark found opportunities that could deliver more than 250 kboe/d across the global portfolio of a major upstream operator while reducing cost and improving HSE performance. We worked alongside the operator to focus on priority topics per region to unlock value in a targeted and programmatic way.

40 percent gap to emissions-reduction potential identified for global operator

Our benchmark highlighted the source of emissions and where reduction efforts would have the most impact. From there we established a set of recommendations and targeted levers to build a decarbonization plan for the highest-priority asset.

$200 million+ in operating cost and production efficiency improvements prioritized for a regional independent

Our benchmark helped highlight the value of opportunity within the portfolio and confirmed that a refreshed operating philosophy was required to unlock full potential.

Our impact

“We knew we wanted to achieve more with our assets but we didn't know where the right opportunities were. The Energy Insights benchmark allowed us to identify and target high-value priorities and resulted in us unlocking a 20 percent opex reduction and 12 percent production efficiency uplift over two years.”

VP Operations, regional independent

“For us, this benchmark has become a critical part of our annual cycle to identify opportunities and improve performance. It's efficient, easy to deploy, and the normalization approach ensures a set of results the team understands and can put to action.”

Asset Director, global oil and gas producer

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