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By Liz Hampton

(Reuters). Despite the fact that oil markets are soaring amid Russia’s invasion, U.S. shale producers have not changed their production restrictions vows. Smaller producers will be able to enjoy higher output during high prices for seven years.

Tuesday’s oil futures traded as high as $107 per barrel on Tuesday. This is the highest price since July 2014.

Analysts at Rystad Energy believe that the chaos could spur shale producer to grow their output up to 300,000. barrels per day (bpd), which would increase it to between 1.2million bpd to 1.3million bpd.

U.S. shale production could rise to 109,000 bpd by this month, to 8.7million bpd according to U.S. government predictions. The largest U.S. production basin will produce a record-breaking 5.2 million barrels per day.

Artem Abramov from Rystad, Rystad’s chief of shale, stated that public producers have some activity momentum already and would be ready to move for more if investors increased shale production.

Most publicly traded companies declined to comment on production in the wake of this price increase. Many pledged not to increase production or keep it flat, while higher shareholder returns are bolstered by increased prices.

According to Pickering Energy Partners’ chief investment officer Dan Pickering (financial services firm Pickering Energy Partners), more companies could shift to a growth mindset if there is more demand for oil.

He said that domestic barrels will be most valuable. “I see Washington DC making an increase in demand for domestic production,” he said.

Pickering stated that “This adjustment will take place over 2022-2023, but it’s coming.” We’ll be able to look back at the Russia-Ukraine issue as the catalyst.”

EOG Resources (NYSE) is one of the largest U.S. producers of shale gas. Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE :), Chesapeake Energy, (NYSE :), Continental Resources (NYSE 🙂 and Civitas Resources didn’t respond to our requests for comment. ConocoPhillips, a top US shale producer (NYSE:), referred questions for comment to trade organizations.

Some say that smaller, privately owned firms have increased production to meet higher oil prices.

Tall City Exploration (a private Permian producer) added a second drilling machine late last year. It will continue to operate it until the end of the year. In 2021, it produced approximately 6,400 barrels oil equivalent per hour (boepd). It is now aiming for a three-fold increase in production to around 20,000 boepd by December.

Mike Oestmann, Chief Executive of Oestmann said that the reason for increasing production came from rising prices prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia considers its action in Ukraine “special operations.”

Smaller producers may want to ramp production, but they may struggle “to get rigs and supplies necessary to drill and complete wells,” said Bradley Williams, CEO of Dallas-based Elephant Oil & Gas.

(For a chart on shale production, click here: https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-OIL/OIL/zdpxokxxmvx)

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