U.S. Crude Production Surged In August

The Energy Information Administration reported that August crude oil production averaged 12.365 million barrels per day (mmbd), up 599,000 b/d from July. The gain was primarily due to the fact that July production had dropped due to Tropical Storm Barry, which shut-in 9.2 million barrels, or 297,000 b/d for the month, based on real-time estimates. In addition, July production was revised downward by 40,000 b/d. Nevertheless, the net increase of around 250,000 b/d from the adjusted July figure was a large increase and confirms the EIA’s weekly estimates for the month.

Production in the Gulf of Mexico reached a new high at 2.006 mmbd. The previous record was 1.979 mmbd in April. Texas production also reached a new high of 5.121 mmbd, up 98,000 b/d from July. Other gains were 43,000 b/d in New Mexico, 28,000 b/d in North Dakota, 15,000 b/d in Louisiana and 12,000 b/d in Colorado. Alaska was down 66,000 b/d for seasonal reasons, and that production is likely to return.

Plains All American Pipeline LP’s (PAA) Cactus ll pipeline was expected to ship 300,000 b/d in August and to be at full capacity, 670,000 b/d, in September. EPIC Midstream’s crude oil pipeline began shipping 400,000 b/d. It is designed to ship 440,000 b/d from the Permian and another 150,000 b/d from the Eagle Ford.

Phillips 66 Partner’s Gray Oak pipeline is expected to ship an additional 900,000 b/d. It is scheduled to being shipments by year-end.

The effect of the pipeline additions will narrow the spread between Midland and the U.S. gulf prices, effectively lowering breakeven costs in the Permian.

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U.S. Crude Production Growth Paused In 1H19

The Energy Information Administration reported that June crude oil production averaged 12.082 million barrels per day (mmbd), down 33,000 b/d from May. The drop resulted from a drop of 58,000 b/d in Oklahoma. Production gained the most in North Dakota (58,000) and Colorado (19,000) while production in Texas was only up 13,000 b/d.

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A pause in the growth rate in Texas had been expected due to pipeline constraints, which are expected to be alleviated in the second half of 2019 and first half of 2020. Nevertheless, Texas production reached a new all-time high of 4.982 mmbd.

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The year-over-year gains have been especially impressive with the June figure being 1.410 mmbd. And this number only includes crude oil. Other supplies (liquids) that are part of the petroleum supply add to that. For June, that additional gain is about 540,000 b/d. Continue reading "U.S. Crude Production Growth Paused In 1H19"

US Oil Production Is 19+ Million Barrels A Day

The oil market is fixated on U.S. crude oil production. As shown in the EIA Weekly Petroleum Supply Report (see table below), domestic production averaged 12.107 million barrels per day in the year-to-date, up 14.6% v. the same period in 2018.

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However, included within petroleum liquids supply is “Other Supply.” That figure is 6.885 million barrels per day in the year-to-date, up 8.9%, year-over-year. Continue reading "US Oil Production Is 19+ Million Barrels A Day"

U.S. Crude Production Surges In April

The Energy Information Administration reported that April crude oil production averaged 12.162 million barrels per day (mmbd), up 257,000 b/d from March. The rise resulted from a 107,000 b/d increase in Texas, a 77,000 b/d increase in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), a 32,000 b/d increase in Oklahoma, a 14,000 b/d increase in Colorado, and a 13,000 b/d increase in Wyoming.

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A pause in the growth rate in Texas had been expected due to pipeline constraints, which are expected to be alleviated in the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2020. Nonetheless, crude production set yet another record high in April.

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The year-over-year gains have been especially impressive with the April figure being 1.687 mmbd. And this number only includes crude oil. Other supplies (liquids) that are part of the petroleum supply add to that. For April, that additional gain is about 630,000 b/d. Continue reading "U.S. Crude Production Surges In April"

U.S. Crude Production Rebounds In March

The Energy Information Administration reported that March crude oil production averaged 11.905 million barrels per day (mmbd), up 241,000 b/d from February. The rise was largely the result of the resumption of output from the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) which had been affected by unscheduled maintenance. Production rose by 191,000 b/d.

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Elsewhere, there were gains of 42,000 b/d in North Dakota, 23,000 b/d in New Mexico and 16,000 b/d in Oklahoma. There was a decline of 17,000 b/d in Colorado and 5,000 b/d in Texas. A pause in the growth rate in Texas had been expected due to pipeline constraints which are expected to be alleviated in the second half of 2019. Nonetheless, crude production rose by a spectacular 1.441 mmbd from June through March. Continue reading "U.S. Crude Production Rebounds In March"