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Source: US Energy Information Administration

In the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) November Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), U.S. crude oil production generally declines through the first half of 2021 and increases in the second half of the year. EIA expects that declining legacy well production will offset production from new wells in the first half of 2021, resulting in U.S. crude oil production declines. As more new wells come online later in 2021 (supported by forecast year-over-year crude oil price increases), forecast new well production reaches levels that exceed the legacy well declines, resulting in increasing crude oil production (Figure 1). …