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GLOBAL FIRSTS AND RECORDS*

Listed here are some milestones, achievements (inc. forecasts) made by the industry whilst exploring for and exploiting oil and gas

Firsts and Records

Oil Volumes

Gas Volumes

Well Numbers

Reserves and Peaks

Firsts and Records

Numbers

CATEGORY OIL


Oil (fossil) production (on and offshore)

FIRST ONSHORE PRODUCTION:


1812 France

1854 Poland

1857 Romania

1859 USA

GLOBAL PRODUCTION PASSES:


10 mm bbls/day in 1950 (after 96 years)

30 mm bbls/day in 1965 (after 15 years)

50 mm bbls/day in 1971 (after 6 years)

70 mm bbls/day in 1997 (after 26 years)

90 mm bbls/day in 2015 (after 18 years)

110 mm bbls/day in 2025 (forecast)

FIRST OFFSHORE PRODUCTION:

1925 Azerbaijan

1938 USA

FIRST SYNCRUDE PRODUCTION:

1967 Canada

FIRST PRODUCTION >500m WATER:

1984 USA

1987 Brazil

FIRST PRODUCTION >1000m WATER:

1994 Brazil

1999 USA

FIRST PRODUCTION >2000m WATER:

2000 USA

2010 Brazil

ONSHORE PRODUCTION AT ITS PEAK:

2028 at 75.4 mm bbls/day (forecast)

OFFSHORE PRODUCTION AT ITS PEAK:

2029 at 38.3 mm bbls/day (forecast)

As collated and forecast by Globalshift - www.globalshift.co.uk

*For individual countries and all other categories, and for full yearly histories and forecasts, you will need the datafiles

CATEGORY SALES GAS


Sales gas production (on and offshore)

FIRST ONSHORE PRODUCTION:

1865 USA

1914 Romania

1929 Trinidad

GLOBAL PRODUCTION PASSES:

500 bcm each year in 1962 (after 97 years)

1000 bcm each year in 1970 (after 8 years)

2000 bcm each year in 1991 (after 21 years)

3000 bcm each year in 2008 (after 17 years)

4000 bcm each year in 2020 (forecast)

5000 bcm each year in 2026 (forecast)

FIRST OFFSHORE PRODUCTION:

1945 USA

1963 Japan

SHALE/TIGHT PRODUCTION PASSES:

100 bcm each year in 1996

FIRST PRODUCTION >500m WATER:

1984 USA

1990 Brazil

FIRST PRODUCTION >1000m WATER:

1994 Brazil

1999 USA

FIRST PRODUCTION >2000m WATER:

2000 USA

2011 Brazil

ONSHORE PRODUCTION AT ITS PEAK:

2040 at 3529 bcm in that year (forecast)

OFFSHORE PRODUCTION AT ITS PEAK:

2036 at 2487 bcm in that year (forecast)

As collated and forecast by Globalshift - www.globalshift.co.uk

CATEGORY DRILLED WELLS


Drilled wells (on and offshore)

ONSHORE WELLS (CUMULATIVE) DRILLED PASS:

200,000 in 1934 (after approx. 75 years)

1 mm in 1956 (after 22 years)

2 mm in 1976 (after 20 years)

3 mm in 1988 (after 12 years)

4 mm in 2005 (after 17 years)

5 mm in 2015 (after 10 years)

6 mm in 2027 (forecast, after 12 years)

ONSHORE WELLS DRILLED BY 2050

Cumulative at 7.3 mm (forecast)

ONSHORE WELLS AT A MAXIMUM:

1981 at 112,716 in that year

FIRST WELL DETACHED FROM LAND:

1891 USA (drilled in a man-made water reservoir at Grand Lake St Mary’s, Ohio)

FIRST WELL IN MARINE WATERS:

1896 USA (drilled in the Pacific from a pier off Summerland, California)

FIRST OFFSHORE (AS DEFINED) WELL:

1925 Azerbaijan

1937 USA

1947 USA (Kermac-16 well drilled by Kerr McGee ‘out of sight of land’, 17 kms from the coast, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana)

FIRST WELL IN >500m WATER:

1974 Morocco, Mauritania and Gabon

FIRST WELL IN >1000m WATER:

1976 Thailand and the Philippines

FIRST WELL IN >2000m WATER:

1996 USA

1999 Brazil

OFFSHORE WELLS (CUMULATIVE) DRILLED PASS:


10,000 in 1967 (after 42 years)

50,000 in 1983 (after 16 years)

90,000 in 1997 (after 14 years)

130,000 in 2009 (after 12 years)

170,000 in 2021 (forecast, after 13 years)

OFFSHORE WELLS DRILLED BY 2050

Cumulative at 283,060 (forecast)

OFFSHORE WELLS AT A MAXIMUM:

2030 at 3900 in that year (forecast)

As collated and forecast by Globalshift - www.globalshift.co.uk

CATEGORY TECHNOLOGY


Development technology (on and offshore)

ONSHORE ACTIVE WELLS PASS:

100,000 in 1933 (after approx. 75 years)

1 mm in 1981 (after 48 years)

1.5 mm in 2008 (after 27 years)

MAX 1.9mm (approx.) in 2037

FIRST PLATFORM IN THE SEA:

1938 (Pure Oil’s Creole platform erected 2.5 kms off Cameron, Louisiana)

FIRST SEMISUBMERSIBLE

1962 (Shell’s Blue Water-1 semisub drilled a well in the GOM in 91m of water)

OFFSHORE ACTIVE WELLS PASS:

1,000 in 1957 (after 32 years)

10,000 in 1973 (after 16 years)

40,000 in 2005 (after 32 years)

MAX 68,000 (approx.) in 2040

FIRST MARINE SUBSEA COMPLETION:

1960 Peru

1960 USA

FIRST FPSO:

1975 UK (the Argyll field in the North Sea)

FIRST OFFSHORE HORIZONTAL WELL:

1991 USA

FIRST SUBSEA BOOSTER PUMP:


1994 (ENI’s Prezioso Field, Italy at a water depth of 50m)

FIRST SUBSEA SEPARATION UNIT:


2001 (Statoil’s Troll C, Norway at a water depth of 340m)

As collated and forecast by Globalshift - www.globalshift.co.uk

CATEGORY RECORDS


Deepest and longest

DEEPEST WATER DEPTH WELLS:


2016 Uruguay, in 3,411m of water (Pelotas Basin)

2013 India, in 3,174m of water (Krishna-Godavari Basin)

DEEPEST SUBSEA TREE:

2009 USA, in 2,934m (GOM, Tobago field)

DEEPEST FLOATING PRODUCTION:

2012 USA, in 2,499m (GOM, BW Pioneer FPSO, Cascade/Chinook field)

LONGEST OIL TIE BACK:

69.8 kms USA, in 175m of water (GOM, Penguin A-E)

DEEPEST WATER PRODUCTION UNIT:

2016 USA, in 2,896m of water (GOM, Stones field)

LONGEST GAS TIE BACK (OFFSHORE):

149 kms Israel, in 1,676m of water (Mediterranean, Tamar)

143 kms Norway, in 345m of water (Barents Sea, Snohvit)

LONGEST HORIZONTAL WELL:

12,033m Russia (Sakhalin, Chayvo field)

As collated and forecast by Globalshift - www.globalshift.co.uk