New Projects OpEx Estimator

Gain an independent, objective estimate of your operational performance metrics for greenfield and brownfield projects.

Optimizing a dynamic and diverse asset portfolio with limited information is a challenge for O&G investors. Solomon’s New Projects OpEx Estimator solution provides life-cycle benchmarks using real peer data from our proprietary upstream and natural gas processing plant operations database. Our best-practice approach provides an independent and objective estimate of production operational metrics such as OpEx, staffing levels, energy consumption standards, and carbon emissions.

Inaccurately estimating OpEx over a project’s life-span can result in a mismatch between the project-value proposition and the actual asset performance. Our studies show that poor operational design decisions such as oversized equipment and field infrastructure maturity lead to operating costs that are sharply higher than initial estimates. OpEx is more difficult to assess than CapEx because, while it may be lower, it is spread out over years and based on diverse technical and economic assumptions.

Using minimum project design data, our multi-user web tool can help evaluate the impact of your facilities design scenarios and set operational performance targets for offshore, onshore, subsea tieback, unconventional, and gas processing plant projects worldwide. The tool uses Solomon’s normalization factors to estimate the level of technical complexity of your new operation by cost category. These technical assumptions, in conjunction with country-level economic factors, generate achievable operational performance estimates. Furthermore, this tool allows operators to compare their future assets’ performance against industry averages. The tool also enables an operator to compare the performance of an asset it owns against other assets in its portfolio.

When you choose us, you will leverage:

  • Our unique field-level cost operations database, built with proprietary data from >30 years of benchmarking, and operations analysis of >5,000 onshore and offshore O&G fields and 95 natural gas processing plants.
  • An assessment approach customized by operation type such as primary, secondary, or floating production storage and offloading vessels, as by field characteristics.
  • The ability to deliver forecasts at various levels of detail as development planning progresses.

Solution Characteristics


  • Subscription to a web-based tool for estimating the OpEx of multiple projects under different technical design scenarios.
  • Consulting services to provide guidance and operational insight on your project’s design scenarios at any stage of project life-cycle.

Performance metrics applied:

  • Operating expenditures (maintenance, labor, energy, others)

  • Staffing levels (operations, maintenance, support)

  • Energy consumption standards

  • Carbon emissions

Benchmarks incorporated:

  • Global and regional competitiveness benchmarks by operation type

  • Normalized benchmarks based on project complexity level

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Data Quality, Benchmarking Methodology

A Foundation for Effective Comparative Performance Analysis and Decision Support

We prioritize the integrity and security of participant-submitted data and rigorously review that data before benchmarking begins. Then, we employ our normalization process and benchmarking methodology to provide valuable and trusted peer group comparisons that deliver meaningful KPIs. Finally, our staff of senior consultants apply their deep industry experience to develop practical insight and recommendations to enable your success.

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