BP chief executive Tony Hayward stressed the company’s commitment to the North Sea during its results press conference yesterday, saying it would continue to produce there “until we put the lights out”.
Asked by lastoilshock.com when that would be, Mr Hayward said production would continue for at least 15-20 years, but that this would depend on the tax regime. The province faces declining production and rising costs, he said, so “the fiscal structure needs to continue to develop to ensure that all of the marginal barrels are developed”.
Asked whether he agreed with Shell chief executive Jeroen van der Veer’s judgment that “easy oil” would peak by 2015, Mr Hayward said “The question I always have in my mind is what’s conventional and what’s non-conventional. My personal view is that peak oil will occur more likely driven by demand than supply, and I don’t expect that to occur in 2015”.