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With oil and gas providing up to 60% of the world’s energy mix, humanity still require fossil fuels for transport, electricity and materials even as other sustainable supplies increase. As such companies and governments more than ever need realistic, comprehensive forecasts from an independent source.

Globalshift describes oil and gas - their location, geology, history, and future. Using a range of on- and off-line data, and consistent methodology, Globalshift is a free store of forecast and historical production, drilling and other information. began in 2009 after I sold Energyfiles. It was at first an energy advice site but now provides oil and gas forecasts and information about the ‘Energy Shift’ to the oil and gas industry, and other energy suppliers and users.

I believe that the world must adapt and reduce its use of fossil fuels in a changing world but still requires oil and gas for survival (see Why?). This website offers knowledge about geology, future supplies of oil and gas, and details of exploration and development activity within the industry.

I wish to encourage independent and realistic analysis of the future of oil and gas, unfettered by wishful thinking or dogma. The histories and forecasts are derived from a very large range of trusted sources, as well as some less rigorous or reliable ones. All the information is sense-checked and modified where deemed appropriate and may be estimated and interpolated where data are unavailable.

Dr Michael R Smith

Michael has worked in the worked in the oil and gas industry and consulted on energy policy and strategy since 1982.

He received his doctorate in geology from Oxford University and spent the early years of his career as a consultant based in the Far East. He went on to work with a number of oil companies, firstly as a geoscientist and subsequently as an Exploration Manager.

Michael incorporated Energyfiles in 2003, turning it into a renowned source of energy data. After selling the company in 2009 he developed new ideas on energy supply and demand and created

He has worked on exploration and development projects in nearly every region of the world and has lived in Europe, The Middle East and Asia.

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