Total production from the core producing regions of the US, including Permian, Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Bakken, and Anadarko, reached 7.7 million bpd in the fourth quarter of 2021 and is expected to grow further as oil prices edge higher, as stated by Oslo-based research company Rystad Energy.
Production is anticipated to exceed the 2019 high of 8.1 million bpd by the second quarter and develop further if a “supercycle,” an extended period of high prices materializes.
In recent months, oil prices have stayed buoyant and have rallied to their highest after 2014 on tighter supply, higher demand, and production constraints. Geopolitical tensions linked to Ukraine are also supporting prices.
Brent, the global benchmark for two-thirds of the world’s oil, was selling at $93.95 per barrel at 3.04 pm on Tuesday, while West Texas Intermediate, the meter that tracks US crude, was at $92.80 per barrel.
Total unconventional output, covering oil, gas, and natural gas liquids from the core producing areas of the US, has already returned to pre-coronavirus levels, totaling about 15.6 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in the fourth quarter of 2021, as stated by the report.
Output is predicted to continue climbing and reach an all-time high of more than 16 million boepd by end-March.
The rise in the fourth quarter of the output
Looking at various scenarios, a price range within $70 and $100 per barrel would lead to a substantial expansion in output in the fourth quarter of 2022, while a long run of $90-$100 per barrel would result in a further boost to the already recovering rig activity from the second quarter of this year, Rystad stated.
In a $40 per barrel scenario, production will repay to 2021 levels by 2024.