The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted US oil output next year will see the steepest fall since 1992 thanks to low oil prices.
US oil production has increased to a record high in recent years as high prices made investment worthwhile.
Prices halved over the past year as demand fell in line with slower economic growth.
Meanwhile, Opec producers, particularly Saudi Arabia, have maintained high levels of production.
US crude oil was trading at more than $90 a barrel a year ago, but now costs around $45. The UK’s Brent crude has also halved in price from a year ago and is currently trading at about $48 a barrel.
Techniques such as fracking have helped US producers offset the falling oil price by lowering investment and production costs.
Slowing economic demand and high production have created a glut of oil that outstrips the world’s current needs.
The IEA said the resulting lower oil prices would boost demand to a five-year high this year, a trend that the IEA said would help Opec countries.
via BBC 
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