Oil production from inland shale basins in the United States is expected to be more robust than previously thought, OPEC said in its global outlook.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries released its much-watched World Oil Outlook report for 2015, outlining its expectations for the global energy sector. OPEC has defended its market share during the past year as higher U.S. oil production pushed sector dynamics heavily toward the supply side. Coupled with weak global economic growth, crude oil prices have plummeted from above the $100 per barrel mark in mid 2014 to below $40 per barrel.
In its latest outlook, OPEC said it expects U.S. crude oil production from shale deposits to increase from 3.8 million barrels per day in 2014 to 4.9 million bpd by 2023. By 2040, the trend will start to reverse as U.S. shale output falls to 4.2 million bpd.
"Although the updated forecast for the 2015 outlook shows that U.S. tight crude [oil production] will decline gradually over the long-term to 4.2 million bpd in 2040, in the 2014 outlook, it was projected at only 2.8 million bpd in 2040," the report said.Click here to read more.
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