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Tables have turned

October 11, 2019
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As investments in tight oil increased from 2016 to 2018 and offshore investments decreased, tight oil investments almost reached the same level as offshore in 2018. However, in 2019 the table has turned. Now offshore investments are on the rise again, while tight oil has started to decline.

Offshore investments are expected to grow as sanctioning activity has increased over the last years while tight oil investments are falling as producers are trying to generate free cash flows.

Graph showing total US fracking rate by FracFocus database release time Source: FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry and Rystad Energy research and analysis###


Espen Erlingsen
Head of Upstream Research
Phone: +47 24 00 42 00

Morten Bertelsen
Vice President of Media Relations
Phone: +47 951 98 742

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