The United States has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer, due to the jump in shale output

Gavin Wendt

The United States has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer, due to the jump in shale output. This has led to the second biggest oil boom in history, according to leading U.S. energy consultancy PIRA. U.S. output, which includes natural gas liquids and biofuels, has swelled 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) since 2009, the fastest expansion in production over a four-year period since a surge in Saudi Arabia's output from 1970-1974, PIRA said in a release this week.


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Gavin Wendt

Gavin Wendt

Founding Director, MineLife

I have been a senior resources analyst following the fortunes of the mining and energy sectors for the past 25 years - previously working with stockbroker Intersuisse and financial group Fat Prophets. I am also Executive Director, Mining & Metals...

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