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Biden Plans To Refill The SPR When Oil Prices Fall Below $72

  • The White House has released a fact sheet that establishes its intention to refill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when oil prices are between $67 and $72.
  • In spring, President Biden ordered the release of 180 million barrels of crude from the SPR, a move that has helped to bring down the price of oil.
  • The White House believes its approach to repurchasing the crude with both protect taxpayers and help create certainty around future demand for crude oil.

The Biden administration will start buying crude to replenish the strategic petroleum reserve when prices fall to between $67 and $72 per barrel, the White House said in a fact sheet.

“As part of its commitment to ensure replenishment of the SPR, the DOE is finalizing a rule that will allow it to enter fixed price contracts through a competitive bid process for product delivered at a future date,” the statement also said.

President Biden ordered the release of a total of 180 million barrels of crude this year in response to a price rally caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resultant reaction of the EU and the U.S. in the form of oil bans and sanctions targeting Russia’s energy industry. The price rally pushed U.S. retail fuel prices up considerably in an election year.

Analysts had warned the SPR release would end up having the opposite of the desired effect but it is a fact that U.S. retail fuel prices decline during the summer, in part at least thanks to the SPR release.

However, there have been calls from legislators to stop selling oil from what is meant to be a strategic reserve, to be used in a time of emergency. As inventories stand now, the U.S. would only have enough SPR oil for 22 days of consumption in case of an actual emergency.

Meanwhile, the administration noted in its statement on the SPR news that the plan to refill the reserve would help stimulate greater domestic oil production as it would signal stable long-term demand.

“This repurchase approach will protect taxpayers and help create certainty around future demand for crude oil. That will encourage firms to invest in production right now, helping to improve U.S. energy security and bring down energy prices that have been driven up by Putin’s war in Ukraine,” the statement said.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Tarsem Jagpal on October 19 2022 said:
    Biden is dreaming, does he reckon OPEC is going to allow price to fall to $70?
    The price per barrel is already being manipulated, can smell it a mile away, in order to keep prices low.
    Get used to $100 dollars per barrel, this is the new $70.
  • Realistic Voter on October 19 2022 said:
    So it will be in 2024, after he&#039;s out of office ?
  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 19 2022 said:
    President Biden’s plans to refill the SPR when Brent crude is between $67-$72 aren’t going to materialize for the following reasons:

    1- There is neither spare oil to be found in a tight global oil market underpinned by a global shrinking spare production capacity nor is US shale oil capable of raising its production. US shale oil is a spent force.

    2- Against the current positive fundamentals in the market, it is almost impossible for Brent crude to decline to $67-$72 a barrel. On the contrary, Brent crude will very soon be headed towards $110-$110 before the end of the year.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • Brendan Casey on October 19 2022 said:
    Biden is never going to refill the SPR, because prices will never fall that low during his presidency perhaps even while he's living.
  • karl hauck on October 19 2022 said:
    biden is a useless saboteur who is wasting the national reserve attempting to boost midterm results.
    America uses 20 million barrels a day.
    biden is accomplishing nothing except gimping us in the event of an emergency.
  • Michael McBride on October 19 2022 said:
    Insanity.
    With inflation, cut production,global demand, and growing tensions saying oil will go back to $67-70 without breaking out into a fit of hysterical laughter must be difficult. When our strategic supplies are exhausted is when the fun will begin. Within 2 years this admin has effectively shot its own junk off and pretended it was a great thing.
  • William Lee on October 20 2022 said:
    There are future contracts at the end of 2024 that are around that price.
  • John Knox on November 07 2022 said:
    Trump filled up the SPR when oil prices were zero. Biden emptied it to try and save his own skin after reversing US energy independence, canceling the Keystone Pipeline, and approving Putin's Nordstream 2 pipeline. Can't help thinking Biden is getting the US a very bad deal and that he has egg all over his face.

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