Chart of the day: The Hubbert Curve still rules


From Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, and gathered from this post at his always enlightening blog, Lifeitself:

The caption:

Historic production of crude oil in the U.S. is resolved into several Hubbert curves.  The tallest one is the original Hubbert curve published in 1956.  The smaller curves starting from 1960 were generated by producing shallow, deep and ultra-deep Gulf of Mexico, Alaska (mostly Prudhoe Bay), and then everything else that was not in the original curve: large waterflood projects, thermal and carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects, horizontal wells, hydrofractured wells, etc.  The broad curve peaking in 2002 was introduced in late 2002, and the model represented fairly well the U.S. crude oil production until 2010.  The last small green curve on the right was introduced last month to describe the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales, as well as the increased production of crude oil from the Permian Basin near Midland, TX.  The right-most black curve depicts a hypothetical production of 7 billion barrels of oil from the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.  So the last point on the blue step-line represents 5.7 MMbopd produced in the U.S. in 2011. This rate is predicted by EIA to grow to over 6 MMbopd in 2012.

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One response to “Chart of the day: The Hubbert Curve still rules

  1. On what basis is the assumption made that production from Bakken and Eagle Ford will decline starting at the end of 2013? Texas production has increased a million barrels per day since it was proven oil could be liberated from Eagle Ford shale in late 2008. New oil production now exceeds the conventional oil production that has continued to decay to below a million barrels per day. Over the last 2 years at least, the EIA has underestimated the growth in production but even while correcting the numbers assumes the growth will decline in coming years. They are doing this right now for 2012 and 2013.

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