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EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook 2015 and 2016

The EIA has just released their Short-Term Energy Outlook for January. They have now included their predictions for 2016. Here is what they expect for US C+C. I have made the first projected production for December 2014 though the EIA says they have production data for December. All date is in million barrels per day through December 2016.

TotalUSC+C

The EIA is saying that US C+C will peak at 9.47 mb/d in May 2015, drop 330,000 barrels per day by September 2015 then recover, apparently because the price of oil will recover. Or perhaps they have another reason. They do not have US production surpassing May 2015 until July of 2016.

The EIA only gives C+C outlook numbers for domestic production. However they do project total liquids for all Non-OPEC nations. But first here is what they are predicting for US total liquids:

USTotalLiquids

The EIA has US total liquids hitting a plateau in July 2015 then heading up again in April 2016 and increasing by 1 million barrels per day during the remainder of the year.

Non-OPECTotalLiquids

The EIA has Non-OPEC total liquids peaking in October 2015 then dropping by over one million barrels per day by February 2015 before heading up and making new highs in August and October. Then they have the pattern repeating again, bottoming out in January 2016 and increasing by 2.3 mb/d by October.

Related: What Will 2015 Do For Peak Oil?

But all that up and down seasonal movement is caused by ethanol production in Brazil.

BrazilTotalProduction

Isn’t it remarkable how Brazil liquids production looks exactly the same for three years, just inching up a few thousand barrels per day each year. But we have to take Brazil out of the picture to get a better picture of what is really happening.

NonOPECLiquidsLessBrazil

The EIA has Non-OPEC liquids, less Brazil, plateauing until January 2016 then increasing by about 1.5 mb/d during the remainder of the year.

Related: Energy Sector Outlook for 2015

One place where I agree with the EIA is concerning the peaking of Russia and the rest of Eurasia.

EurasiaTotalLiquids

They have Eurasia down about 400,000 barrels per day by the end of 2016 from their peak in December of 2013. Apparently they don’t see Kashagan coming on line before 2017.

RussiaTotalLiquids

They have Russia declining by about 200,000 barrels per day from their peak in November 2013 to the end of 2016. Notice they have Russia spiking up in October 2014 before coming back to their normal decline pattern.

By Ron Patterson

Source - http://peakoilbarrel.com/ 

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  • Hunter Hezmall on January 15 2015 said:
    What does "C+C" mean?

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