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US Shale Growth Faces Headwinds

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Inflation and brisk competition for the most-sophisticated drilling gear will hinder US oil-supply expansion this year, according to shale giant EOG Resources Inc.

“Inflationary and supply chain pressures” will limit production growth to the lower end of estimates, CEO Ezra Yacob said during a conference call with analysts on Friday.

Major forecasters recently boosted estimates for 2022 US oil-production growth to 750,000 and 1 million barrels per day.

Most of the best drilling rigs and fracking fleets already are under lease, COO Billy Helms said: “There are not a lot of new pieces of equipment that can come into the market.”

EOG, the second-largest shale-focused explorer, plans to cap output growth to 3.6 percent this year, following similar pledges from Pioneer Natural Resources Co and Continental Resources Inc.

So-called independent drillers like EOG comprise about 55 percent of onshore production in the continental US, according to IHS Markit Ltd.

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