The Energy Bulletin Weekly 20 September 2022

September 20, 2022

Tom Whipple and Steve Andrews, Editors

Publisher’s Note

Long-time readers of this newsletter may remember that its previous incarnation, Peak Oil Review, included a chart of the top oil-producing nations plus commentary on production trends. I’m happy to announce that Steve Andrews has recently updated the chart and commentary; you’ll find a link to it here and it at the bottom of Energy Bulletin Weekly from now on.

Daniel Lerch
Education & Publications Director
Post Carbon Institute

Quotes of the Week

“Bank of America Securities analysts laid out cases in a recent note to clients for oil prices to both rise and fall by as much as $20 over the next few months. ‘There is simply too much uncertainty around fundamentals going into the winter.’-Ryan Dezember, The Wall Street Journal

“A new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reviewed 13 carbon capture projects from around the world, accounting for around 55% of the total current operational capacity worldwide, and has found both the technology and regulatory framework wanting.

“’History shows CCS projects have major financial and technological risks. Close to 90 percent of the proposed CCS capacity in the power sector has failed at the implementation stage or was suspended early — including Petra Nova and the Kemper coal gasification power plant in the U.S. Further, most projects have failed to operate at their theoretically designed capturing rates. As a result, the 90% emission reduction target generally claimed by the industry has been unreachable in practice.’”-Bojan Lepic, Rigzone, from IEEFA’s report “The Carbon Capture Crux”

(About the IEEFA’s report on CCS) “There is, however, a lack of appreciation anywhere that these are first-of-a-kind projects designed to test concepts at industrial scale. As with all technology development, valuable lessons on performance have been acquired that can be applied to future projects.”-James Craig, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

Stats of the Week

“As the European Union prepares to implement a ban on Russian seaborne crude in December, the market will have to prepare itself for a loss of 2.4 million bpd, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).  The ban on Russian crude imports by sea will take 1.4 million bpd of oil off the market, along with 1 million bpd of petroleum products. This is in line with the ban on Russian seaborne crude that goes into effect on December 5th, and the embargo on petroleum products, which goes into effect on February 5, 2023.”-Charles Kennedy,

“The active oil rigs in the Permian now number 316 – the lowest in four months. This suggests that the most prolific U.S. shale basin, which continues to drive America’s oil production growth, is going through ‘a significant slowdown,’ Bloomberg Opinion columnist Javier Blas argues. The slowdown in activity, as evidenced by the drop in active oil rigs from 331 in July to 316 now, points to the fact that forecasts of Permian output, and by extension, U.S. crude oil production growth, need to be recalibrated lower.  As shale drillers prioritize returns to shareholders and paying down debts, they are not rushing to drill even at $90 or $100 oil. Even those planning an increase in drilling activity face supply chain delays and up to 20% higher costs.”-Tsvetana Paraskova,

Graphics of the Week

Headlines for the week of Sept 12 – Sept 18

The Global Energy Situation
IEA: Global oil production rose by 790,000 bpd in August
Latest oil market reports show broad balance agreement
Carbon capture not good enough to achieve decarbonization
Coal power generation falls despite energy crisis
Onshore crude oil inventories seem to be at inflection point
Oil demand set to stop growing in Q4 as slowdown bites, IEA says
The energy market’s next crisis: oil tanker shortages


Kremlin: no discussion of mobilisation after military setbacks in Ukraine
IEA: Russian crude ban will take 2.4 million bpd off the market
Putin threatens to escalate war as India distances itself from Russia
Russia could find new markets for half the oil shunned by the EU


EU gears up to tax fossil fuel companies amid energy crisis
EU targets €140bn from windfall taxes on energy companies
Last reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant stopped
EU countries can use 225 bln euros of EU loans for energy crisis
Germany takes control of 3 Russian-owned oil refineries

North America

Oil output in Permian to rise in Sept to highest on record – EIA
Analysts may have overhyped America’s largest oil basin
Gasoline prices could spike this winter
Record U.S. LNG exports to Europe may not last
Oil rig count ticks higher as gas rig count slips

Middle East/NA

Is the Middle East becoming unhabitable?
Oil exports from Iraq’s Basra port stop—repair could take weeks


China’s Covid lockdowns are the single biggest threat to oil markets
IEA sees biggest China oil demand drop in over three decades


Nigeria’s oil industry headwinds worsen, production drops to record low, 972,394


Narendra Modi chides Vladimir Putin over Ukraine war

The Global Economy

China and Russia move to disrupt the dollar’s dominance in oil markets


Energy crisis could lead to food shortages in Europe
Smallest French corn crop since 1990 shows drought’s huge toll
Fodder dries up for Pakistan’s cattle as floodwaters stay high


China braces for a slowdown that could be even worse than 2020
Exclusive: Biden to hit China with broader curbs on U.S. chip and tool exports


South Africa suffers 100th day of power blackouts this year

Middle East/NA

Blinken believes Iran is either unwilling or unable to negotiate a nuclear deal
Iran’s supreme leader cancels public appearances after falling ill –

Global Warming

North America

Real estate listings with flood scores shift home-shopper habits

Middle East

Rising temperatures turn Middle East region into climate hot spot


The Oil Production Story: List of the world’s top 50 oil producers with comments about long-term production trends, prepared by Steve Andrews

Tom Whipple

Tom Whipple is one of the most highly respected analysts of peak oil issues in the United States. A retired 30-year CIA analyst who has been following the peak oil story since 1999, Tom is the editor of the long-running Energy Bulletin (formerly "Peak Oil News" and "Peak Oil Review"). Tom has degrees from Rice University and the London School of Economics.  

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