Changing corporate environment

The huge influx of cash stemming from the spikes in commodity prices during 2004-05, coupled with diminished exploration results and the pressure to replace reserves, leaves oil and gas companies poised at the brink of another round of mergers and acquisitions.After the dust settles, that will leave the surviving companies with an ever-growing cache of undrilled prospects and leads that already was burgeoning under the earlier rounds of M&A activity during the 1980s and 1990s.At the same time, there persists a shortage of drilling rigs and other equipment available to tackle even the current portfolios. Demand for exploration services is beginning to outstrip the industry’s abil...

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