World Oil Forecasts Including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE - Update Feb 2008

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  1. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Lengthy, but well worth the read....peak discovery globally occurred in 1965 - production has always exceeded discoveries since the mid-1980's

    [xfloat=left][/xfloat]The Oil Drum - Feb 15, 2008

    Thanks to Earthling for the find! - Ed

    Executive Summary...
    1. World total liquids production (Fig 1) remains on a peak plateau since 2006 and is forecast to fall off this peak plateau in 2009. Increasing numbers of oil experts are forecasting impending peak production plateaus. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the current peak production of 87.2 mbd occurred on January 2008. As long as demand continues increasing then prices will continue increasing.
    2. Forecast world crude oil and lease condensate (C&C) production retains its 2005 peak (Fig 2). The forecast to 2100 shows declining C&C production, using a bottom up forecast to 2012 (Fig 3). The forecast to 2012 shows a slight decline to 2009, followed by a 3%/yr decline rate to 2012.
    3. World oil discovery rates peaked in 1965 (Fig 4) and production has exceeded discovery for every year since the mid 1980s. Discoverable reserves in giant fields also peaked during the mid 1960s (Fig 5). The time lag between world peak discovery in 1965 and world peak production in 2005 of 40 years is similar to the time lag of 42 years for the USA Lower 48 (Fig 6)...[rm][/rm]
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2008
  2. Earthling

    Earthling Trying to be kind to Mother Earth

    Furthermore, on 11 April 2006, according to this source and requoted here, Platts quoted a Saudi Aramco spokesman saying that “Saudi Aramco’s mature crude oil fields are expected to decline at a gross average rate of 8%/yr without additional maintenance and drilling” and that “This maintain potential drilling in mature fields combined with a multitude of remedial actions and the development of new fields, with long plateau lives, lowers the composite decline rate of producing fields to around 2%.” Therefore, as of April 2006, Aramco’s crude oil production was forecast by this Aramco spokesman to decline at 2%/yr which means that Saudi Arabia has passed peak crude oil production.

    Peak Oil is real, and it is either here already, or just a few years away.

    Still want that gas-hog SUV?

    Still want to build gas-hogs, Big Three Automakers?

    Let's get real, and deal with the reality of decreasing oil supplies and higher prices.


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