US Offers 18 Million Barrels of Oil From Larger Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release

The announcement of the sale was expected, after the Biden administration announced it as part of a wider 50 million barrel release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. 

Reuters

The U.S. Department of Energy on Dec. 17 said it will sell 18 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), with offers from companies to purchase it due on Jan. 4, as part of a previously announced release aimed to cool fuel prices.

The announcement of the sale was expected, after the Biden administration announced it as part of a wider 50 million barrel release from the reserve in coordination with other oil-consuming countries including China, India and South Korea. The Energy Department said last Friday the sale would be posted on Dec. 17.

The administration has been trying to deal with the concerns of U.S. consumers about high fuel costs and inflation as they travel more, even though President Joe Biden has few tools to deal with the price of crude, which is traded in a global market.

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