Global Prospects

The Quest Global Prospects Report (QGPR) tracks exploration activity of over 700 drilling prospects globally from pre-drill phase through to discovery. The database includes rig assignments, operator and working interest percentages and current well status at the block level. The QGPQ provides a concise overview on exploration drilling in the various deepwater regions around the world. The QGPQ is released quarterly and includes an MS PowerPoint Market Overview. The QGPR is released monthly and includes the Quest Global Prospects Database in MS Excel.


  • Outlines global deepwater exploration opportunities
  • Leading indicator for long-term deepwater development activity
  • Highlights upcoming areas of focus and operator interest for E&P activity
  • Prospect-level data enabling users to identify which drilling programs are driving future trends


  • Monthly snapshot of exploration activity (MS Excel)
  • Quarterly market analysis of global and regional exploration trends (MS PowerPoint)


Global Deepwater Exploration Activity

  • Drilled and undrilled activity by hemisphere
  • Drilled and undrilled activity by water depth cull
  • Drilled and undrilled activity by current status

Operators’ Activity Highlights

  • Drilled and undrilled activity by operator classification
  • Top 15 Most Active, Most Successful and Least Successful drillers
  • Global Deepwater Exploration Drilling Activity – Five-Year Rolling Forecast
  • Identified Exploration and Appraisal counts
  • Forecast drilling by hemisphere compared to actual drilling

Quarterly Regional Activity

  • Comparison of activity levels by regions within a hemisphere
  • Operator activity in a specific region
  • Exploration activity levels by water depth category
  • Drilling Success Rates since 2004

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