Dallas Fed economists focus on energy market dynamics because of their implications for oil prices, which in turn, affect U. gross domestic product (GDP), employment and inflation. In the fall of 2017, we created an Energy Advisory Council to more systematically build our insights into energy market trends and developments.
As we’ve seen in past economic cycles, changes in oil prices particularly impact consumer spending and input costs for businesses, as well as capital investment and job creation in energy-producing regions of the U. Through these various channels, we seek to gain insights that are critical to our understanding of the impact of energy market developments on economic conditions and their implications for monetary policy in the U. While this essay focuses primarily on oil, Dallas Fed economists also focus on understanding renewable energy sources.
The March 2018 Dallas Fed Energy Survey indicated that the Midland Basin portion of the Permian appears to be more economically attractive than other shale formations, on average, as shown in Chart 4.
However, several of our industry contacts suggest that the Delaware Basin has attractive drilling characteristics that are as compelling as the Midland Basin’s.
However, our industry contacts are concerned about key production impediments that have the potential to limit the ability of shale to supply incremental global demand growth beyond that time frame.
While there are a number of shale formations across the U.How these issues unfold will likely have implications for energy prices as well as economic conditions and monetary policy in the U. Reduction in Spending on Long-Lived Projects One potential issue facing the global oil market is the recent decline in capital investment in long-lived exploration and production (E&P) projects.Historically, major oil companies have allocated substantial portions of their capital expenditure budgets to these long-lived investments. Improvements in shale oil drilling and completion techniques have been a critical element of this growth, with much of the new production occurring in Texas as well as North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. While the U. continues to be a substantial crude oil importer, the shale boom has allowed our country to substantially reduce the percentage of petroleum product consumption that is supplied by imports. and global economies, the Dallas Fed has assembled an experienced team of energy economists, created key industry surveys and built relationships with industry executives in order to build a deep understanding of the energy industry and global energy markets. crude oil production is estimated to have grown from 5.1 million barrels per day in May 2008 to approximately 10.6 million barrels per day in May 2018.,  As a result of this growth, the U. now represents approximately 13 percent of global crude oil production, up from 7 percent 10 years ago.However, shale wells typically have very rapid production decline characteristics (discussed below).Specifically, a shale project is a much more “short-cycle” investment than a typical conventional project—it can be drilled and brought onstream very quickly and, on average, for approximately million to million per well. shale produced approximately 0.5 million barrels per day, or less than 1 percent of global crude oil production. In 2017, U. shale produced approximately 4.7 million barrels per day and made up approximately 6 percent of global crude oil production.Our economists believe that, over the next several years, the U. will continue to increase its oil production, while consumption growth is expected to flatten due to energy efficiency gains as well as greater use of natural gas and renewable energy sources to meet energy demand.Global oil markets face a number of uncertainties and challenges.In the short run, such a restoration of production might help offset expected production outages from countries such as Venezuela and Iran.However, in the medium term, Dallas Fed economists continue to believe that, due to expected growth in daily global demand, the trend of global supply/demand is fundamentally toward balance. production of natural gas liquids of approximately 4.5 million barrels per day and production of biofuels of approximately 1.2 million barrels per day by year-end 2018. In terms of crude oil production, only Russia, which currently accounts for approximately 11 million barrels per day, produces more than the U.