U.S. Will Be the World’s Largest Oil Producer by 2023, Says IEA

“The U.S. is likely to overtake Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2023, accounting for most of the global growth in petroleum supplies, a top industry monitor said Monday,” according to a story from the Wall Street Journal.

“’U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up from 10.6 million a day this year,’ said the International Energy Agency, which advises governments and corporations on industry trends. American oil output will surge past Russia, currently the world’s largest crude producer at roughly 11 million barrels a day.”

“’The No. 1 overall message, non-OPEC supply growth is very, very strong, which could change the parameters for the oil markets in the years to come, led by the United States, but also Brazil, Canada and Norway,’ IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said Monday during the CERAWeek energy conference, presented by HIS Markit Ltd. in Houston,” as reported by the Journal.

“The IEA’s closely watched five-year forecast showed the U.S. hitting new strides in its oil and natural-gas boom, helped by technological advances, improved efficiency and a fragile recovery in oil prices that is encouraging shale companies to ramp up their drilling.”

“Once heavily dependent on imports from the Middle East, the U.S. is getting closer to achieving its goal of producing enough crude to meet domestic demand for refined products such as gasoline.”

“’Of the 6.4 million new barrels of oil that will be pumped every day between now and 2023, almost 60% will come from the U.S.,’ the IEA said. ‘And I can tell you our expectations may well need to be revised upwards if prices are higher,’ Mr. Birol said,”

“American influence on global oil markets is also expected to rise, with U.S. oil exports more than doubling to 4.9 million barrels a day by 2023, according to the IEA. Until 2015, the U.S. didn’t export any crude oil by law, but in five years it is expected to be among the world’s biggest exporters.”

“During his own remarks at the CERAWeek conference, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said the producer group’s long-term projections align with the IEA’s report, highlighting concerns about underinvestment in the industry.”

“More immediately, he touted the agreement of OPEC and some non-OPEC countries such as Russia, which have voluntarily curtailed their production, as important to balancing global markets.”

“The cooperation that led to an agreement to ‘literally rescue our industry is as solid as the rock of Gibraltar,’ Mr. Barkindo said. Still, he said it was too early to comment on whether the group would extend its limit on production past the end of this year,” reports the Journal.

“’Oil production is expected to grow in Canada, Brazil and Norway—all countries outside OPEC. Together with the U.S., those three countries will add enough barrels to meet growing consumption to the end of the decade,’ the IEA said. Within OPEC, only the Middle East is expected to raise output, as other members such as Venezuela struggle with internal problems.”

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