The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
Saudi Arabian Oil Company $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Tension in the Middle East will continue to put a strain on supply, leading to higher prices
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Recent drops in the price of oil and gas have largely driven the Global Oil and Gas Exploration and Production industry's contraction over the past five years. Although the price of crude oil fell before 2015, the decline was minimal compared to the drops experienced in 2015 and 2016. Though rapid industrialization of countries like China and India boosted demand for petroleum products, high levels of production continue to pressure prices for crude oil around the globe. Industry revenue is expected to trend higher over the next five years; however, it will continue to face downward pressure. US production levels will continue to be strong, and the removed export restrictions could further encourage upstream companies to produce at strong levels in the United States...

    Industry Products

    Crude oil

    Crude oil is estimated to account for 68.1% of industry revenue in 2017, representing a decline from 2012. Oil's declining importance reflects very strong natural gas production in recent years, driven by advances in hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling techniques. There are many grades of crude oil produced worldwide, ranging from the highest-quality light, sweet crude oil to poor-quality heavy, sour crude oil. Condensate (a very light form of crude oil) and natural gas liquids (hydrocarbon liquids removed from natural gas to produce dry gas) are also included in the crude oil category.


    Additional Insights for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to find new resource deposits
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of crude oil and World price of natural gas in the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry?

    Industry operators explore for, develop and operate oil and gas fields. This industry includes the production of crude petroleum, the mining and extraction of oil from oil shale and oil sands, the production of natural gas, sulfur recovery from natural gas and the recovery of hydrocarbon liquids. Transport, refining and marketing activities are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
    Crude oil
    Natural gas
    Industry Activities
    Oil and gas exploration
    Crude oil extraction
    Natural gas extraction
    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) production
    Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) production, except in conjunction with petroleum refining
    Oil shale extraction

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of crude oil
  • World price of natural gas
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries

  • Current Performance
  • Volatile prices prevail
  • BRIC demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Prices recover
  • Increase in natural gas production
  • Table: Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
  • Global Petrochemicals Manufacturing
  • Global Electric Utilities
  • Global Gas Utilities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Deep-Sea, Coastal & Inland Water Transportation
  • Global Iron and Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
  • Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation
  • Global Oil and Gas Mining Support Services
  • Global Ship & Boat Building
  • Other Global Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Crude oil
  • Natural gas
  • Chart: Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Oil
  • Natural gas

  • Major Markets
  • Petroleum refiners
  • Natural gas distributors
  • Industrial sector
  • Electricity generators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs, wages, rent, utilities and marketing
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Saudi Arabian Oil Company
  • Table: Saudi Arabian Oil Company - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Crude Oil Output (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Liquefied natural gas, formed by cooling natural gas to a very low temperature, at which it becomes liquid.
  • Natural Gas
  • Naturally occurring gases consisting primarily of methane and ethane, but also including small amounts of heavier hydrocarbons such as propane and butane.
  • Oil Field
  • An underground or undersea deposit of oil contained within a stable geological formation.
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