The Department of Energy’s purchase of 30 million barrels of oil is ongoing as it aims to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as part of the emergency action taken by President Donald J. Trump following a global price crash and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purchases will continue despite unsuccessful attempts by Republicans to add $3 billion in crude buys to a stimulus bill negotiated by Congress this week. The deadline to submit a proposal for the first round of crude oil purchases is 11:30 a.m. CT on March 26. The department has said additional solicitations will follow but has not yet announced a timeline for those.

The department will eventually purchase a total of 77 million barrels of U.S. crude as it tops off the SPR. As of March 20, the SPR held 635 million barrels of oil, including 384.7 million barrels of sour oil. The reserve has a 713.5 million barrels storage capacity.

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