The End of North Sea Oil?
Average oil and gas production in the North Sea is expected to decline between 1.2 million and 1.4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2013, according to Oil and Gas UK. This could represent a record fall in production, down from an average of 1.54 boepd in 2012. The new outlook contrasts prior forecasts that put production between 1.45 million and 1.5 million boepd.
This decline in production reflects the increased level of difficulty in extracting the North Sea’s remaining resources. Despite a record level of investment in the area (£13.5 billion), production in the North Sea continues its decade long decline. In 2003, North Sea oil and gas production averaged around 4 million boepd, but has declined every year since. As this trend continues,companies with major North Sea assets such as BP (NYSE:BP) and Statoil (NYSE: STO) will face decreased production, as well as increased operational expenses.
The Great American Way
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