Exploratory-appraisal drilling surged outside North America in year 2000

Click here to enlarge imageWorld exploration and delineation drilling outside North America in 2000 was 20% higher than in 1999, IHS Energy Group estimates. This performance reflected the surging oil price throughout much of the year.Exact figures on the number of wells completed are not available for some areas such as Russia and onshore China, where a high percentage of the world's wells were drilled. The biggest increases in drilling were reported in the former Soviet countries and Latin America, and Africa and the Far East also registered significant jumps. Exploratory drilling in Europe, the Middle East, and Australasia was at levels similar to those of 1999. The supergiant Kas...

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