I’ve already written several pieces on the limited, medium to long-term, risks posed by US shale to North Sea oil prices. In particular, its future is cursed by global sand shortages and safety fears with the latter holding back investors wary of insurance claims. See, for example:
Also, the prospects for UK shale production are even less rosy due to geological constraints. See:
Now French energy giant, Total, who developed the massive gas field west of Shetland which could heat every house in Scotland and more, have delivered a further blow to shale’s future prospects by refusing to invest in it on the basis of, as far as we know, cost. Apparently, US shale requires investment based on ‘assumptions’ of around $80 per barrel while North Sea crude deals require less than $55 per barrel.