09 Mar '17, 10am

Why water scarcity is a major risk for oil producers

Why water scarcity is a major risk for oil producers

With oil prices stabilizing in response to recent OPEC production cuts, drilling activity in the U.S. is again on the rise. As competition heats up in the most prolific production areas in the U.S ., investors are trying to determine which companies will separate themselves from the pack. But water scarcity may prove more of a hindrance during this oil commodity cycle upswing than many expect, and companies dependent on growth in water-stressed regions may find themselves unable to deliver promised growth to investors. How much water is too much? Much of the growth in U.S. production in the past decade has been due to two technological advancements in drilling and completion technology: directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Simply put, directional drilling allows drillers a high degree of control of their well trajectory to hit the most prolific regions of the res...

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