World’s 27 Biggest And Most Attractive Countries/Regio...

World’s 27 Biggest And Most Attractive Countries/Regions With Proven Petroleum Reserve For Investment

OPEC member countries continue to overshadow the world in terms of proven petroleum reserves, but interestingly Texas, Alberta, and Norway—North Sea ranked as the most attractive energy-producing regions for oil and gas investment in the world  in a survey by the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute.

Additionally, United Arab Emirates and Qatar also ranked among the top 5 biggest petroleum reserve-holding countries/regions for investment, the research organization said in its Global Petroleum Survey 2014.  Among jurisdictions with the largest proven reserves, Venezuela, Iran, four Russian regions, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, and Egypt are the least attractive to investment.

Based on responses from petroleum executives and managers, this year’s survey ranks 156 jurisdictions worldwide on their relative attractiveness for investment. Barriers to investment include high taxes, costly regulatory obligations and uncertainty over environmental regulations.

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Here Are The World’s 27 Biggest And Most Attractive Countries/Regions With Proven Oil And/OR Gas Reserves For Investment:

1. Texas
Policy Perception Index value:  13.19
Proved reserves: 28.571 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

2. Alberta
Policy Perception Index value:  26.57
Proved reserves:  174.835 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

3 Norway—North Sea
Policy Perception Index value:  29.70
Proved reserves: 13.576 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

4. United Arab Emirates

Policy Perception Index value:  31.83
Proved reserves: 137.990 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

5. Qatar

Policy Perception Index value:  34.90
Proved reserves: 190.700 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

6. Malaysia

Policy Perception Index value:  53.10
Proved reserves: 19.513 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

7. Brazil—Offshore CC
Policy Perception Index value:  55.18
Proved reserves: 14.589 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

8. Mozambique
Policy Perception Index value:  66.13
Proved reserves: 18.690 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

9. Kuwait
Policy Perception Index value:  66.58
Proved reserves: 115.868 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

10. Azerbaijan
Policy Perception Index value:  68.29
Proved reserves: 13.542 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

11. India

Policy Perception Index value:  70.63 14.432 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

12. Nigeria
Policy Perception Index value: 72.04
Proved reserves: 70.920 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

13. China
Policy Perception Index value:  72.37
Proved reserves: 53.413 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

14. Algeria
Policy Perception Index value:  75.74
Proved reserves:  41.936 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

15. Mexico
Policy Perception Index value:  75.79
Proved reserves:  13.264 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

16. Kazakhstan
Policy Perception Index value:  75.93
Proved reserves: 45.887 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

17. Russia—Other
Policy Perception Index value:  82.11
Proved reserves:  189.848 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

18. Egypt
Policy Perception Index value:  83.08
Proved reserves: 18.829 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

19. Russia—Offshore Sakhalin
Policy Perception Index value:  84.33
Proved reserves: 22.442 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

20. Libya
Policy Perception Index value:  85.43
Proved reserves: 58.694 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

21. Indonesia
Policy Perception Index value:  85.89
Proved reserves:  23.098 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

22. Turkmenistan
Policy Perception Index value:  87.01
Proved reserves:  50.129 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

23. Iraq
Policy Perception Index value:  88.59
Proved reserves:  161.143 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

24. Russia—Offshore Arctic
Policy Perception Index value:  90.90
Proved reserves:  160.238 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

25. Russia—Eastern Siberia
Policy Perception Index value:  92.66
Proved reserves:  22.959 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

26. Iran
Policy Perception Index value:  93.78
Proved reserves: 380.272 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

27. Venezuela
Policy Perception Index value:  100.00
Proved reserves: 334.449 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Bboe)

Geopolitical Risk Faced In Oil And Gas investments

The 10 countries/regions with the highest percentage of negative responses, indicat ing the greatest barriers to investment, with the least attractive last, are:

1. Turkmenistan
2. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
3. Uzbekistan
4. Iraq
5. Russia—Off shore Arc tic
6. Russia—Eastern Siberia
7. Iran
8. Ecuador
9. Bolivia
10. Venezuela

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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