Oil Companies Wonder If It’s Worth Looking for Oil Anymore

Oil Companies Wonder If It’s Worth Looking for Oil Anymore

More European producers are saying energy resources worth billions of dollars now might never be pumped out of the ground.By Laura HurstAugust 16, 2020, 12:00 AM MDT

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A few dots near the bottom corner of the world map in the southern Atlantic, the Falkland Islands were once at the forefront of a new era for the oil industry as companies scoured the planet for resources.

Yet a decade after the discovery of as much as 1.7 billion barrels of crude in surrounding waters, the British overseas territory known for sheep rearing and tension with Argentina looks as remote as ever. Rather than the next frontier, the project to extract energy risks being added to a list of what companies call “stranded assets” that could cost them huge sums to mothball.

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A survey ship sails in Stanley Harbour in Stanley, Falkland Islands.Photographer: Michael Warren/AP

As the coronavirus ravages economies and cripples demand, European oil majors have made some uncomfortable admissions in recent months: oil and gas worth billions of dollars might never be pumped out of the ground.

With the crisis also hastening a global shift to cleaner en

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