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EIA begins monthly survey-based reporting of U.S. crude oil production
With the release of today’s Petroleum Supply Monthly, EIA is incorporating the first survey-based reporting of monthly U.S. crude oil production statistics. Today’s Petroleum Supply Monthly includes estimates for June 2015 crude oil production using new survey data for 13 states and the federal Gulf of Mexico, and revises figures previously reported for January through May 2015.
From the EIA’s Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production webpage.
Beginning with the June 2015 data, EIA is providing estimates for crude oil production (including lease condensate) based on data from the EIA-914 survey. Survey-based monthly production estimates starting with January 2015 are provided for Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and the Federal Gulf of Mexico. For two states covered by the EIA-914—Oklahoma and West Virginia—and all remaining oil-producing states and areas not individually covered by the EIA-914, production estimates are based on the previous methodology (using lagged state data). When EIA completes its validation of Oklahoma and West Virginia data, estimates for these states will also be based on EIA-914 data. For all states and areas, production data prior to 2015 are estimates published in the Petroleum Supply Monthly.
Later in 2015, EIA will report monthly crude oil production by API gravity category for the individually-surveyed EIA-914 states.
This is great news for those of us who have been complaining for years about the EIA’s poor and misleading data collection methods.
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June C+C production, according to the Monthly Energy Review, was almost 9.6 million barrels per day. But the Petroleum Supply Monthly cuts that by 303,000 bpd. And they have production dropping by 316,000 barrels per day in the last two months, May and June.
The Petroleum Supply Monthly reports the exact same data for North Dakota as the NDIC reports in their data release.
Texas peaked in March at 3,644,000 barrels per day but has since dropped by 184,000 bpd to 3,460,000 bpf.
The oil price decline has had little effect on Alaska production. They just continue their sure but steady decline.
California dropped by 19,000 bpd in June.
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Pacific Offshore is down to 18,000 barrels per day.
The Gulf of Mexico is trending slightly upward.
New Mexico, who’s production come partially from the Permian, was bucking the trend through April but has since dropped 16,000 barrels per day to 421,000 bpd.
Oklahoma is not yet part of the new survey method but this estimate is likely very close. They seem to be holding their own despite the price collapse.
Louisiana continues its natural decline.
Louisiana once produced 560,000 barrels per day but what happened to Louisiana eventually happens to all producing states and nations.
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US production was down 119,000 bpd last week. However only 19,000 of that was the lower 48. Alaska was down 100,000 bpd. That was likely due to their usual summer maintenance. The EIA says US C+C production for week ending 8/28/15 was 9,218,000 barrels per day. That is approximately one million barrels per day less than either Saudi Arabia or Russia is producing.
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As for the weekly data, there is a lag between the monthly report and when the EIA incorporates that into the weekly estimates. As yet, EIA's weekly data has not incorporated the revised monthly data from June. When it does in coming weeks (possibly this week or next?), lower 48 production will show a drop by 200,000 to 300,000 barrels per day - consistent with the revised June monthly production base level, and a drop of more than 200,000 production in July and August from the STEO and drilling productivity reports, and likely another 100,000 in September.