Exploration & Production

OPEC decision will boost US production

OPEC’s decision to cut production in the first half of 2017 marks an end to Saudi Arabia’s two-year experiment with unrestrained output. Ironically, shale production in the US looks set to benefit OPEC’s decision to cut production in the first half of 2017 marks an end to Saudi Arabia’s two-year experiment with unrestrained output. Ironically, shale production in the US looks set to benefit.
By Peter Stewart 7 December 2016 0 24380
An Anadarko drilling rig in the Eagle Ford shale play. (Anadarko)

When Saudi Arabia took the gamble in late 2014 to abandon its role as OPEC’s swing producer, it had the shale industry in the United States squarely in its sights.

Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s veteran oil minister at the time, was of course too diplomatic to put it that bluntly. He said it was not rational for "less competitive" supply volumes to rise while cheaper supply sources were shut in to support prices. But the message was the same: Saudi Arabia would no longer allow the...