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US industry sets multiple records

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In a remarkable month, the American Petroleum Institute’s latest Monthly Statistical Report (MSR) shows the US natural gas and oil industry established multiple records in December.

These records include the highest:

  • US production of crude oil (11.7 million bpd) and natural gas liquids (NGLs) (4.8 million bpd).
  • Crude oil exports (2.4 million bpd, tie with November 2018).
  • Annual gasoline demand (9.3 million bpd, tie with 2016 and 2017).
  • Refinery and petrochemical feedstock demand for December (5.5 million bpd).
  • Refinery throughput for the month of December (17.7 million bpd) and year (17.3 million bpd).
  • Refinery capacity utilisation for the month of December (95.0%) and year (93.0%, tie with 2004).

“With strong economic growth in 2018 and remarkable productivity by the natural gas and oil industry, the United States contributed more than 2.1 million bpd of new oil supplies in 2018, including all liquid fuels, which was the greatest addition to supply that the world has ever seen in a single year. The US met virtually all of the growth in global oil demand for the year – more than compensating for declines among OPEC nations,” said API Chief Economist Dean Foreman.

With record refinery throughput, total petroleum inventories – led by refined products – built to within 2.6% of the maximum of the 5 year historical range. Meanwhile, the US also took another step closer to energy independence with petroleum net imports falling below 2.0 million bpd in December.

Markets remained resilient and, despite trade frictions with China, US petroleum trade has found other international markets.

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