Shale Growth Hides Underlying Problems

26 Dec 2017   Shale Oil

All eyes are on U.S. shale as we head into 2018, with a growing number of analysts worrying that shale will spoil the oil price rally. Estimates of supply growth varying quite a bit, but directionally, everyone is in agreement: Supply is set to surge. However, there are some cracks in the shale complex that might not necessarily mean much in the short-term, but raises some questions about the long-term durability of shale output. According to Rystad Energy , there is empirical evidence that points to falling production in the Eagle Ford from some of the recently drilled shale wells. Everyone knows that shale wells enjoy an initial burst of output that is quickly followed by a precipitous decline within a few months. A driller must constantly drill new wells in order to grow production. The shale industry has boasted of higher initial production rates from their shale wells […]

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