Natural gas production

Gas production stalled in 2016 well below the historical average (2.3%)

Breakdown by country (bcm)



First fall in US gas production since 2005.

Gas production stalled in 2016 well below the historical average (2.3%)

For the first time in ten years, US gas production contracted in 2016. Despite significant cost reduction efforts and productivity gains in the shale gas industry, the gas production fall is explained by the decrease of drilling and completing new gas wells commenced in 2015, the shutting of many unprofitable wells and the decline in conventional production.
Russia, the world’s second largest gas producer, recorded a slight production increase driven by its exports to European countries and its domestic demand and enabled by its production capacity expansion.
The entry into service of large production capacities in Algeria has allowed the country to significantly boost its output after of years of sluggish expansion.
Gas production in the Middle East countries increased at a similar rate to the three previous years.
European gas production continued to fall around its 4.5%/year on average pace resulting from conventional gas depletion and mandated production restriction in The Netherlands.

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US oil product exports rose by 12% to reach 5.2 mb/d in 2017

According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), US exports of petroleum product increased by 11.9% in 2017 (+555 kb/d) to reach 5.2 mb/d. The main driver behind the rise is the increase in refinery runs, which reached records in 2017. The 2017 gross refinery inputs stood at 16.9 mb/d in 2017 and the average refinery utilization rate averaged 91%.


Fossil fuels based power generation is constantly decreasing (US)

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the total US net power generation slightly decreased in 2017 (-1.5%) due to the lower electricity demand. Renewable power generation (from hydropower, wind and solar) rose in 2017, reducing conventional thermal power generation: gas-fired power production fell by 7.7% in 2017, while coal-fired power generation dipped by 2.5%. Natural gas remained the most used fuel for the third consecutive year but gas-fired power generation fell by 105 TWh in 2017, the largest annual decline on record. This is the first year since 2008 that both coal and gas-fired power generation decreased in the same year.


The US became net exporter of gas in 2017

According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States exported more natural gas than it imported in 2017, the first time since 1957 that the US has been a net natural gas exporter. The main drivers behind this trend are the growth of domestic natural gas production, that reduced gas imports from Canada (both by pipeline and LNG) and raised gas exports (by pipeline and LNG as well).


Eni starts production at its Ochigufu deep offshore oil project (Angola)

Eni and the state-run oil and gas company of Angola Sonangol have begun to produce oil from the Ochigufu deep offshore project, located in Block 15/06, approximately 150 km west from Soyo (Angola). The asset's early stage will add 25,000 bbl/d to the company's current production levels (around 150,000 bbl/d).