Don’t expect completions activity to increase in U.S. shale plays next year.

With the price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude expected to hover between $54 and $60, forget about any rise in capex, too.

Oilfield services prices are forecast to be relatively flat, and so is overall demand for pressure pumping.

What is expected to increase, however, is efficiency.

This is according to analysts at Rystad Energy, which presented its 2020 outlook during a drilling and completions (D&C) webinar this week.

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