Energy & Mining publications



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Organizing for success: Designing and enabling a successful land organization
Drawing upon PwC’s Land Benchmarking Study and interviews with more than 70 oil and gas professionals from different functions across 20 E&Ps, we outline in this article a framework for understanding what success looks like within Land—we detail what the renewed strategic importance of Land means for operators in terms of organization, people, and process. Together with exploration and development, Land is one of the critical planks for a successful upstream operator.

Mine 2014: Realigning expectations
PwC’s annual review of global trends in the mining industry, based on the analysis of financial performance and position of the global mining industry as represented by the Top 40 mining companies by market capitalization.

In Brief: Consolidation - change may affect all industries
The FASB recently broadened the scope of its consolidation project, which could result in changes to how companies assess whether another entity should be consolidated. The proposed changes would affect both the voting entity and variable interest entity consolidation guidance. The implications to previous accounting conclusions and disclosures could be significant given the prevalence of partnerships, joint ventures, equity investments and alternative ownership and investment structures within the energy sector.

This In Brief provides more detail on the FASB's recent decisions in this area.

Technology trends in land management: Geographic information systems
This publication presents PwC's land management team's point of view on the benefits of Geographic Information Systems and why land is a great place to start.

Overcoming the onslaught: With the volume of land and lease data increasing, integration becomes a key factor
Oil and gas company land departments must manage increasing volumes of land data from which they must derive intelligence. Leading companies streamline the integration of land assets, have efficient land services functions, and generate business insight from land data.

Mining tax update volume 2: July-December 2013
A quarterly review of tax developments and industry updates for the global mining sector. In this issue, we summarize alternative financing options, identify the needs of investors regarding reporting from mining companies, discuss the economic impact of gold on the global economy, provide an overview of a global gold, silver and copper price report, and update readers on the Dodd-Frank Act.

SEC comment letter trends for the Energy and Mining industry
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the energy and mining value chain, including exploration and production, midstream, downstream, drillers, oilfield services, and integrated energy companies.

The Bit - What energy company executives need to know about the proposed lease accounting standards
US and international accounting standards setters are getting closer to completing their overhaul of lease accounting. They are taking this action in response to long-standing criticism that today’s financial statements do not adequately portray the economic substance of lease arrangements. This issue of PwC’s The Bit summarises the proposed guidance and explains how it is likely to change key financial reporting metrics.

What is the state of information security in the oil and gas sector?
Our industry specialists break out the most meaningful findings for energy companies. Explore the data, and plot your organisation’s information security readiness relative to your competitors.

New conventions for unconventional oil and gas series: Optimizing the play to improve returns
In the second installment in a series of three, New Conventions for Unconventional Oil and Gas, PwC charts the rapidly evolving management practices that address the speed and complexity inherent in developing tens of thousands of unconventional wells across the shale basins of the lower 48 states.

PwC’s 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey: Energy and mining companies work to catch up with the IT revolution
Capturing the efficiencies of the digital transformation is of great importance for IT companies, which are looking to increase productivity and lower costs in the face of rising raw-material prices, shifting consumer spending, and more complex supply chains.

Analytics-fortified talent management: The new strategic role for HR in oil and gas
PwC analyses the growing demand and shrinking pool for talent within the oil and gas industry resulting in a new strategic HR role to help keep their company relevant.

Energy Spotlight: Lease accounting - Transformational Change
PwC considers some impacts of the proposed lease accounting standard on companies including how this lease accounting overhaul will change balance sheets and income statement recognition.

New conventions for unconventional oil and gas: Reducing the drag to achieve speed and efficiency
This new publication examines the current trends in how energy companies are operationalising their strategies for unconventional development in shale.

The US Energy Revolution: The role of private equity in oil and gas
This new thought leadership piece examines the trends that have spurred unprecedented private equity growth in the US oil and gas industry during the past ten years. The specific lens is risk, and the analysis probes each industry segment along the risk continuum with deeper dives into each subsegment.

The US Energy Revolution: The role of private equity in oil and gas
This new thought leadership piece examines the trends that have spurred unprecedented private equity growth in the US oil and gas industry during the past ten years. The specific lens is risk, and the analysis probes each industry segment along the risk continuum with deeper dives into each subsegment.

Embedding cyber security into the energy ecosystem: An integrated approach to assessing cyber threats and protecting your assets
This publication discusses the implications of persistent cyber threats on energy companies and the challenges that security leaders face on a daily basis that can divert their focus, including demand for always-on services, intensifying regulations, mobility and initiatives like replacing aging industrial control systems with more modern "smart" devices.

Stay informed 2012 Financial Reporting Survey
This publication helps energy companies benchmark selected accounting policies with industry practices, identifies trends for significant accounting estimates, and facilitates the discussion on certain aspects of energy industry practice.

2012 SEC comment letter trends: Energy industry
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued throughout the past few years to registrants across the energy value chain, including exploration and production, midstream, downstream, drillers, oilfield services, and integrated energy companies.