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Petroleum Economics and Policy Solutions (PEPS)

Screen upstream opportunities and above-ground risk with one tool

Established in 1993, PEPS is a service that allows you to quickly benchmark energy risk and compare E&P ratings across 118 countries with the latest legal, contractual, fiscal, political and upstream data. Subscribe to PEPS, by module or by geography so you can:

  • Short list countries and examine entry strategies
  • Spur business development and optimize assets
  • Keep pace with foreign prospects
  • Understand and manage above-ground risk
  • Reduce research and improve workflows
  • Support host government negotiations
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Did you know? IHS Energy provides intelligence on the world’s major energy markets covering more than 200 countries and territories. With our world-class expertise, you spend less time researching and more time problem solving.

Data Modules

PEPS provides detailed research and analysis, as well as E&P attractiveness ratings based on the following modules:

  • Online laws and contracts library of enacted upstream-focused legislation and regulations
  • Detailed reports analyzing most impactful and relevant legislation, regulations, fiscal parameters and other contractual terms for 130+ countries
  • Modeling results for 190+ regimes
  • Regime overviews, economic modeling guides, fiscal analysis
Oil & Gas Risk
  • Political, regulatory and operational risk analysis
  • Country petroleum risk ratings
  • Government policies and preferences
  • Worldwide ratings based on country-level activity and success
  • Historical E&P performance data for 150+ countries
  • Past awards information for 100+ countries


Legal Library
Access an extensive library of translated legislation, regulations, and contracts

Sign up for real-time news alerts

Analyst Privileges
Receive a timely email response from Energy experts

Queries & Snapshots
Search by module for texts, tables, and graphs

PEPS in Practice

In order to negotiate with a prospective partner, a multinational energy, fuels, and power company needed to understand the level of prior offshore experience being required by host governments. The company used PEPS to compile a report that indicated clearly which countries required prior offshore drilling experience and which ones didn’t—as well as the specific requirements in each case.

The business development manager of a large petroleum company asked to meet with one of our analysts to get further advice on a country in which his company has a particular investment interest. During the meeting the manager noted that the company relies heavily on PEPS to gather all the initial information it needs to make the investment decision, without having to engage third parties for this service.

An E&P company was preparing an investment presentation in which it wanted to show how Brazilian terms compared to those of other countries. The company used PEPS to gather all the necessary information.

A client in a large E&P firm explained that the company uses PEPS during the initial stage (screening/preparation/pre-negotiation) of the investment process because its new ventures and legal teams prefer to conduct assessments without alerting the potential investment recipient and any related company.


PEPS rates 118 countries and monitor activities in 178 (countries in light grey are not covered).


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