Oil falling financial concept and crude price fall symbol as barrels of petroleum going down with a liquid drop icon for declining prices in fossil energy due to oversupply and overproduction market conditions.

Still here?

Are you still in the oil and gas business? If you are one of the hundreds of thousands that have lost their job, do you plan to stay in the industry?

If you own a company, how is business going? Are you able to balance cash flow, cut costs and stay resilient until the inevitable upturn?

Perhaps you have bought into the hysteria and think that there will never be another upturn? That the industrial age is going the way of the dark,  stone or ice ages? Perhaps you think that fossil fuel might be banned and that everyone will be switching to solar powered cars and nuclear mains electricity?

The peaks and troughs in the oil and gas business are so erratic that a career or a business in it could be seen as a huge gamble. Just staying in the industry is making a bet on it not being outlawed, or you being able to hold on to your job or company.

There are many that are folding under the pressure of trying to get a job, and moving to other industries. There are others that were planning to do a few more years but are cashing out their chips and planning a more careful retirement.

For the ones that are staying...

Is this a big mistake?

Are we doing the right thing by staying in the oil and gas business?

Only time will tell, but we at NatResPro are convinced that whilst this is the worst downturn in decades, the upside is likely to be spectacular. If we were to leave the business now, we will miss the rebound. The same applies to every business owner and individual worker. We have made it this far, we should keep going.

If you are going through hell, keep going...

Winston Churchill

The only reason that we would give up, would be if we thought that the oil business was really in perpetual decline and that we were part of a dying industry.

That might be the case from a 50 year viewpoint, I for one look forward to the day when we are not using any fossil fuel that causes pollution, when we are not throwing tons of plastic into the ocean. To move to renewable energy and biodegradable packaging and consumer goods is a shift that is likely to happen over the next 20-30 years anyway, but we are nowhere near that stage yet.

Until technology catches up, the oil business will provide a good living for all of us. Perhaps our children and grandchildren will work in hydro electric or even cold fusion power plants, but we can do very well as we are. As long as we hold on.

Oilpro.com is always a good source of information

The reason for me writing this is related to a few posts over on oilpro.com that I saw today that got me thinking...

The first post I saw was a graph that was submitted by Arthur Berman:



Arthur is a well known and well respected person on the oil and gas business, the charts source is from the EIA and Labyrinth Consulting Services Inc. It is clear that during the last couple of years, oil production has skyrocketed all over the world. The reports of storage facilities and tankers getting closer to capacity back up these figures.

The 'beggar thy neighbor' and 'race to the bottom' reports seem to be accurate based on charts like this, and the next ones that I saw.

The next article was posted by Enno Peters who tracks and charts the official shale oil production figures:


Enno Peters posts these updated graphs on his website and then shares them with the Oilpro readers. If you go to Enno's website you will truly understand the meaning of a picture being worth a thousand words.

These graphs show the US explanation of the oversupply situation. No doubt there could be graphs and explanations for each country that has opened the supply taps to the maximum.

What is also telling is the rate of reversal. Factors such as depletion rates and cash flow issues are resulting in rapidly declining supply.

Lastly, there was a more general article by Alahdal A. Hussein who is a regular contributor there:


The article was titled 'The positive side of low oil prices' which is a fairly common theme in most industry related news articles today. Whilst every price change is good for some and bad for others in every industry, what got my attention was the graph showing world consumption over the last 25 years. We can clearly see it steadily going up.

Putting it all together

So, what I started to think was not whether oil prices would go up or down in the next month or year. Whether in 12 months the oil price is at $25 or $125 is a speculation that I will leave to those far more knowledgeable than I...

What I asked myself was:

Is the industry itself dying or in trouble?

Massive increases in supply AND demand indicate that the industry will be just fine for the foreseeable future. Oil barrels are not egotistical and don't care if they contain expensive oil, or cheap oil.

Cars don't breathe a sigh of relief when they see that petrol prices are coming down.

Factories that make plastic consumer products don't hope that the world doesn't outlaw oil and switch to hemp overnight...

These worries, follies and speculations are human attributes. Industry trundles on based on economics, and the fundamentals for the oil business seem sound. So, if the industry isn't dying, that means that it is the type of crash that we are all used to by now.

The bigger the crash, the more spectacular the rebound...

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, the future will be good!

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