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Assessing Shale Producers’ Ability to Scale-up Activity

Gabriel Collins | Kenneth B. Medlock III

Assessing Shale Producers’ Ability to Scale-up Activity.

The oil production targets agreed to at the November 30, 2016, OPEC meeting have created the firmest prospect in the past two years of a meaningful oil price recovery. If WTI prices rise and stabilize in the $60/bbl range, how fast can U.S. shale producers respond? This brief addresses the question and highlights the challenges U.S. unconventional liquids producers will likely face during a scale-up. It also points out price and timing inflection points likely to broadly influence industry decision-making.