Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Non-Opec Crude Contiues its Glacial Descent

(Note: Sorry about the small graph. Blogger is demonstrating the wrath of her bugs again.)

The peakers are certainly counting their chickens until peak oil fiesta kicks in. 5%, 8% - who knows, maybe we'll have double-digit decline-rates dragging us down to hell! The only problem is if the decline in non-OPEC crude production is a sign of things to come - the 2004 non-OPEC peak, after all, was an event that threw the peakers into an ecstasy of orgy four years back - it's likely they're going to be very disappointed.

I peaked over at the most recent issue of Oil Watch Monthly to see how things were going; pretty slow as expected, and as evidenced from the graph above, production is a smidgen up this year. From 2005 to 2008, production fell - at worst - a rough 1% - a far cry from the 5%+ dreams of many peakers.

Naturally if non-OPEC production was falling at 5% annually, we would have a load boat of problems: this would translate into about 6 mbpd of loss production, not the rough 1 mbpd. And remember - this is factoring heavy losses from both Canterrell and the N Sea.

The game of the debunkers has never been about denying peak oil, but rather, sifting through the hype, paranoia, rank facts and outright lies to bring a better sense of rationalization of things to come, of how the era of peak oil will materialize.

One should run under this theory to determine the world's fate: if peakers have been dead wrong for the past 100 years in the pre-peak world, they're going to be just as wrong in the post-peak era. If non-OPEC production is any indicator, we can rest assure that when worldwide conventional crude enters its decline, the human race will have plenty of time to adjust, thus preparing itself for the next phase of its energy destiny.

God, we should all be delightful.

- Brewsie


  1. Bloomberg On The Economy had a good interview with Adam Sieminski (chief energy economist at Deutsche Bank) on August 3rd.

    The most interesting part was when he said he had a report that Russian oil production was rising again.

    If true, this would suggest that Russia may not be in terminal decline after all, and (by implication) non-OPEC production might not have peaked yet.

  2. Yogi,

    Russia? They've barely tapped into Eastern Siberia; and considering their claim to the Arctic Circle, it appears they have plenty of black goo left to suck out.

    Thanks for the article.

  3. Thanks for the Rigzone article Brewskie, it was very enlightening!

    Clearly it’s way too soon to call a peak in Russian oil production.