U.S. Crude Production Rises In May

The Energy Information Administration reported that May crude oil production rose by 80,000 barrels per day, averaging 11.231 mmbd. This follows a modest decline in April. The May 914 figure compares to the EIA’s weekly estimates (interpolated) of 10.955 mmbd, a figure that was 276,000 lower than the actual 914 monthly estimate.

Monthly US Crude Production

The largest gain was in New Mexico (49,000 b/d), followed by The Gulf of Mexico (29,000 b/d) and North Dakota (26,000 b/d). On the other hand, production in Texas actually declined by 22,000 b/d.

Given the huge reduction in May 2020, production recovered by 1.2 mmb/d over the past 12 months. This number only includes crude oil.

Year Over Year Crude Production Gains

The EIA-914 Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM) average figure was nearly identical to the weekly data average reported by EIA in the Weekly Petroleum Supply Report (WPSR).

The 914 figure was identical to the 11.230 mmbd estimate for that month in the July Short-Term Outlook. As a result, there would be no reason for a “rebenchmarking” to EIA’s model in future production levels.

The EIA is projecting that 2021 production will exit the year at 11.450 mmbd. And for 2022, it projects an exit at 12.310 mmbd.

Actual and Forecast Crude Production

Drilling rigs have been steadily rising, and the September WTI contract has rebounded to $ 73.95 /bbl as of July 30th.

Crude Oil Daily Chart


The unprecedented oil price collapse of 2020 has not only been totally erased, but WTI is at its highest level since late 2018 when the market expected Iranian crude exports to be halted even though OPEC+ has agreed to raise production by about 2 mmbd through the end of 2021.

U.S. crude production has responded to a limited extent despite the higher prices. As a result, it appears that EIA projections for low growth in 2021 and 2022 may be too pessimistic.

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Robert Boslego
INO.com Contributor - Energies

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