Forget Shale Drilling -- This Will Drive the Future of Oil

There has been a lot of talk about how shale drilling is the game-changing energy event for both the U.S. and the world. But this train of thought does injustice to another fast-moving oil space: offshore drilling. In the past decade, more than 41% of all newly discovered oil has been found in ultra-deepwater regions, outpacing both onshore and near-shore finds. Also, with big finds in areas like the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil, and Africa, there is still a lot of development that will help to drive the industry. 

Of course, exploration of ultra-deepwater can be both expensive and risky. Just ask a company like Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) , which has dumped more than $5 billion into looking for oil off the shores of Alaska only to come up with nothing. Rather than worrying about whether oil gets found, investors should look at the companies, such as rig companies, that make money offshore regardless of whether oil is found. Rig fleets are set to explode worldwide in the next couple of years, and some players are getting ready. Tune into the video below where Fool contributor Tyler Crowe looks at a couple of rig companies gearing up for the offshore boom.

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  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 6:36 PM, mfxsp wrote:

    About the only thing that Mr. Crowe might have gotten correct in his reference to Royal Dutch Shell's offshore Alaska exploration effort may be the dollars they have spent so far. The water depth is very shallow -- hundreds of feet at most -- and most certainly not ultra-deepwater. The reason that they have "come up with nothing" so far is that the the two wells drilled in 2012 were incomplete 'top holes' or, in other words, the wells did not reach the target hydrocarbon zones. And this was due to drillship/rig issues and equipment problems, not geological reasons.

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 8:28 PM, cdkeli wrote:

    Yeah let's drill lots of big holes all over the silly planet and continue to foul the place with toxic petrochemicals and screw all those crazy environmentalists and the tree-hugging libertines that think climate change is a big issue,,,just make sure you have a real big boat (ark?) and lots of canned goods cuz all the animals and plants will have gone extinct by then,,,then again maybe all the wonderful elite rich like good ole us will have fast rocketships by then and we can settle on that lovely planet Mars!! Oh how fun will that be?! Cheers everyone ;)

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 8:39 PM, ThisIsUnReal wrote:

    STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!!!

    Drilling in water to deep to dive is just nuts... haven't we learned anything???

    Even close offshore drilling is nuts... think about it... how do you create a REAL SEAL in soil at the bottom of a body of water? Pressure from the find will ALWAYS blow around the drill, into the water, and end up either mixing with the water, polluting it, or not mix and end up on shore or stuck on some plant or animal.

    The Green River Valley has 6 times the amount of oil known to exist in the world, and is located in a Federal area that is of no concern to anyone or thing... The oil is 10 feet into the side of a mountain or 10 feet below the surface. It was discovered in 2012, and exposed to Obama in January... Obama said "NO!!! It will create too many jobs".

    The official document was removed from the internet after too many people voiced their opinions to Obama, but there is still a copy on Butt eye .com

    We have to keep oil extraction on land where every part of the system can be immediately accessed by a repairman and the spills can be contained and cleaned up.

    Oil is vital, but there is no reason to destroy during the pursuit of getting it to us.

  • Report this Comment On July 06, 2013, at 12:49 AM, Oilvet wrote:

    Well they have been drilling offshore since just after WW2 so frankly this is you have no idea what your talking about

  • Report this Comment On July 06, 2013, at 8:01 AM, AceEvryDayefG3 wrote:

    I wanna job really bad!!! Off shore is interesting to me!! 23 yr old man live n Co i work hard!! Have 6yr degree n hard work

  • Report this Comment On July 07, 2013, at 3:30 PM, romeofoxtrot wrote:

    When discussing RDS/A why do you not include RDS/B? There is a difference. It is my understanding that The B should be used by IRA and other tax sheltered retirement fund investors and A would be appropriate for taxable investors. But this is just my understanding. Perhaps your readers would benefit if you shed some light on the differences between the two as to why "X" Would be the appropriate for Taxable investors whereas "Y" would be more appropriate for IRA and other tax-sheltered Retirement accounts

  • Report this Comment On July 07, 2013, at 6:03 PM, mfxsp wrote:

    AceEvryDayefG3: don't know about the job market at this time offshore but oil & gas business is booming in your state as well as in WY and ND. Pay is pretty good even for entry jobs. Might want to check it out.

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