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CEO mike wirth talks boosting oil production amid record demand

2 min read | september 29, 2023

During an interview with Bloomberg News anchor Alix Steel, Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth discussed improving recovery rates and costs amid inflation and record-high demand.

Chevron Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth laid out how the company is working to increase U.S. shale production—especially in the Permian Basin—amid unprecedented demand during a recent Bloomberg News interview.

“We’re going to see all-time record demand this year,” Wirth told anchor Alix Steel. “It will grow again in the year ahead.”

The wide-ranging interview also touched on how Chevron is working to improve costs amid inflation. It’s doing so, in part, by drilling longer horizontal wells and reducing the time it takes to bring wells into production.

“As long as the global economy stays relatively healthy, demand for these products steadily marches forward.”

mike wirth
chairman and CEO

why it matters

The International Energy Agency said, in its latest oil market report, that while demand reached record highs in July, supply slumped to a nearly two-year low.

The drop was attributed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reducing its production by 1 million barrels per day. It has since extended its voluntarily output cut until the end of the year, further tightening supply.

boosting production

Wirth detailed how Chevron is trying to increase the amount of oil it recovers in the Permian and other U.S. oil fields to further boost production and offset inflation.

To improve recovery rates, which are approximately 10%, Chevron is working on various drilling technologies and completion techniques. It currently produces more than 700,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day in the Permian.

“If we can improve recoveries, that changes the entire economic equation in a very profound way,” Wirth said. “We’re working hard on that.”

Chevron expects to reach 1 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day in the Permian Basin by 2025.

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