Sunset for Oil? Energy Execs think Maybe So..

September 25, 2020

Reuters:

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of U.S. energy company executives polled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas believe U.S. crude oil production has peaked, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has knocked global oil demand and prices, prompting deep cuts in drilling this year by shale oil producers. The United States last pumped 12.2 million barrels per day, taking top spot in global crude oil output.

Survey results said 66% of 154 oil and gas firm executives contacted by the Dallas Fed this month believe U.S. crude oil production has peaked. The survey includes executives from Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.

The Dallas Fed did not say if the peak was considered temporary or permanent as major oil firms have been discussing.

Global demand destruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, work from home policies and the continued growth of electric vehicles has energy companies looking to a prolonged downturn in crude oil and fuel consumption.

Earlier this year, BP Plc BP.L said the pandemic would reduce demand by 3 million barrels per day (bpd) through 2025 and forecast a peak in demand between 2019 and 2050, according to the company’s energy outlook.

4 Responses to “Sunset for Oil? Energy Execs think Maybe So..”

  1. jimbills Says:

    “did not say if the peak was considered temporary or permanent”

    That’s a rather important point.

    We’re in the middle of pandemic, which is severely tamping down travel right now. It might be a bit early to claim we’ve hit permanent peak oil demand.


  2. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    Global demand destruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, work from home policies and the continued growth of electric vehicles has energy companies looking to a prolonged downturn in crude oil and fuel consumption.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    While oil consumption might climb for a bit after the pandemic, I think a lot of investors who used to take oil income for granted will be shifting their money to more promising sectors.


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