A Bayesian Approach to cost estimation in the offshore drilling


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The global offshore oil and gas industry is constantly challenged with complex operational activities, increasing uncertainties, strict regulations and delicate health, safety and environmental issues. That has made offshore deepwater drilling operation the most time sensitive activity in the upstream oil and gas industry with high probabilities of cost and time overrun. Unfortunately, the current cost estimation models are not robust enough to deal with the multi-variables associated with cost overrun in the offshore deepwater drilling industry in the Sub-Sahara Africa. This study therefore developed a mathematical model that gives accurate estimations with limited data, precisely capture risk elements and factor probability results of all the possible cost variables in the offshore deep-water drilling operations. The study combined Bayesian approach with Activity-based costing (ABC) model to address the limitations of most existing models using primary data collected and secondary data extrapolated from past literature, published official drilling data and companies’ financial and operational reports.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherLAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Number of pages364
ISBN (Electronic)3659694991
ISBN (Print) 978-3-659-69499-8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017


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