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Oil Price Forecasts for 2020 to 2035

On this entry with many sources, we will concentrate on oil price estimates for 2020 to 2035. We will also look back on previous wrong estimates.

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Oil price estimates for 2020 in a wide range between $70 and $160

October 30, 2013

Oil price estimates for 2020 by so-called “experts” are in a wide range between $70 and $160, the average $20 lower than in 2012 in real terms (source)

U.S. should overtake Saudis in oil production

Oil Production Forecast IAER International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IAE) said
the U.S. need for oil imports from the Middle East will fall to almost zero in the next 10 years, while almost 90% of Middle Eastern oil exports will go to Asia by 2035, creating a new trade axis. The IEA hinted that U.S. energy independence could redefine military alliances, with Asian nations replacing the U.S. in securing oil shipping lanes from the Persian Gulf. (source)

Will the International Energy Agency’s oil forecast be wrong again?

Back in the year 2000, the IEA divined that by 2010, liquid fuel production worldwide would reach 95.8 million barrels per day (mbpd). The actual 2010 number was 87.1 mbpd

(The IEA included in its 2000 supply projections not only crude oil plus lease condensate, which is the definition of oil, but also natural gas plant liquids–only a small fraction of which can be substituted for oil–and refinery processing gain which is the result of applying energy to break oil into its components, causing the final volume to expand.)

So, what made the IEA so sanguine about oil supply growth in the year 2000? It cited the revolution taking place in deepwater drilling technology which was expected to allow the extraction of oil supplies ample for the world’s needs for decades to come. But, deepwater drilling has turned out to be more challenging than anticipated and has not produced the bounty the IEA imagined it would.


Shale Effect on Oil Supply Is Forecast to End in 2020

“There is a huge growth in light tight oil, that it will peak around 2020, and then it will plateau,” said Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency. (source)

Renewable energies to grow

The International Energy Agency report projects that by 2035, renewable energy will make up 18 percent of energy supplies, up from 13 percent in 2011. (source)


George Dorgan,

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