A shale booster shot: ‘Re-fracs’ rise as cheap way to lift U.S. oil output

June 27 (Reuters) – U.S. shale oil producers are returning to existing wells and giving them a second, high-pressure blast to lift output for a fraction of the cost of finishing a new well. These “re-fracs” are taking hold as shale oil producers look to take advantage of $100 a barrel crude without making big investments in new wells and fields.

A global oil shortage has triggered calls from U.S. President Joe Biden for shale producers to spend more of their profits on increasing output. But shale firms have been under pressure for years from shareholders to focus on returns rather than production growth.

Article by Liz Hampton, posted June 28 on Reuters.com.

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