U.S. crude oil production rose to a new high of 11.9 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in November, up 345,000 bbl/d from the previous month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report on Jan. 31.
The increase came as output in Texas rose 115,000 bbl/d and Gulf of Mexico offshore production rose by 188,000 bbl/d, outstripping a slight decline in North Dakota, where production fell by 11,000 bbl/d.
The U.S. has become the world’s largest oil producer due to gains in output from shale formations. The EIA previously reported that production from seven major shale formations was estimated at 7.8 MMbbl/d in November.
U.S. crude production was up 17.8% from a year earlier, the agency said.
U.S. total oil demand in November was up 3%, or 615,000 bbl/d, versus last year, buoyed by strong demand for gasoline and diesel, EIA data showed.
U.S. gasoline demand was up 1.1%, or 100,000 bbl/d, versus last year, EIA data showed. Gasoline demand was down 0.8% in October. Gasoline demand is closely watched by traders because the U.S. accounts for roughly 10% of global gasoline demand.
U.S. distillate demand was up 2.3%, or 96,000 bbl/d, in November, EIA data showed. In October, distillate demand rose by 10.4% year-over-year.
Meanwhile, gross natural gas production in the lower 48 U.S. states rose to an all-time high of 97.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in November, up from the prior record of 96.8 Bcf/d in October, according to EIA’s 914 production report.
In Texas, the nation’s largest gas producer, output increased to a record high of 25.3 Bcf/d in November, up 0.2% from October. That compares with output of 22.7 Bcf/d in November 2017.
In Pennsylvania, the second biggest gas producing state, production rose to a record 18.2 Bcf/d in November, up 1.7% from October. That compares with output of 15.8 Bcf/d in November 2017.
With winter over, Stratas Advisors projects a report showing a 10 Bcf natural gas build.
In the week since our last edition of What’s Affecting Oil Prices, Brent rose $0.14/bbl last week to average $67.84/bbl, in line with our expectations.
Oil prices rose to their highest levels since November 2018 on April 8, driven up by OPEC's ongoing supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.