OPINION: Two years of pandemic have taught most people to temper their optimism — especially those who have worked in an industry as cyclical as oil and gas.

But the arrival of the new year does seem to have brought a sense of hopefulness to an offshore exploration sector hit hard by low oil prices and Covid.

As the “Wells to Watch” series of reports in this edition of Upstream show, there is surprising dynamism among offshore explorers in 2022, which will come as welcome news to the drilling and services contractors who have struggled these past two years.