Crude oil prices remain about 44 percent lower than in June even after rebounding somewhat from a six-year low in March. The lower prices have led oil-sands producers in Western Canada to reduce spending by billions of dollars and cut thousands of jobs.
The Group of Seven’s biggest oil exporter may see drilling investment slashed by $23.2 billion in the coming 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s a 29 percent reduction from the previous 12 months and the biggest since at least 2007.
Oil-services companies are slashing jobs to cope with declining demand from drillers. Baker Hughes Inc., the oilfield-services company merging with Halliburton Co., has reduced about 17 percent of its workforce in recent months.
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