Upstream Oil Investments Are on the Rise This Year

From MarketWatch:
After two years of significant declines in upstream oil investments, the sector is finally facing a rebound in 2017 and it all comes down to one thing: a sharp jump in money flowing into U.S. shale oil projects. 
The International Energy Agency, in a report out on Tuesday, predicts a 53% upswing in shale investments this year, even as oil prices are struggling to make a sustainable push above $50 a barrel. 
“The largest planned increase in upstream spending in 2017 in percentage terms is in the United States, in particular in shale assets that have benefited from a reduction in breakeven prices as a result of a combination of improvement in costs and efficiency gains,” the IEA said. 
The big rise in U.S. activities is expected to give global upstream — or exploration and production — investments a 6% bump in 2017, following a 44% plunge between 2014 and 2016. Russia and the Middle East are also seen ramping up spending on upstream projects, albeit at a slower pace, as the chart below shows.
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