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Aug 12, 2022

Conflict in Libya since 2011 civil war has resulted in inconsistent crude oil production

Libya monthly crude oil production
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics and Short-Term Energy Outlook

Libya’s crude oil production averaged nearly 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) during 2021. In late December 2021, armed militants shut in an estimated 0.4 million b/d of crude oil production. In April 2022, protesters across the country began to blockade several major ports and oil fields in Libya, causing production to fall to around 0.5 million b/d by July 2022. According to our Libya Country Analysis Brief, Libya’s crude oil production has continually fluctuated because of armed conflict and political instability since Libya’s first civil war, which began in 2011.

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Aug 11, 2022

Utility-scale solar projects report delays

planned utility-scale solar photovoltaic generating capacity reporting a delay
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

Power plant developers plan to install 17.8 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity in 2022, according to our June 2022 Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory. Over the first six months of 2022, 4.2 GW of that capacity came online, less than half of what the industry had planned to install in those months. From January through June 2022, about 20% of planned solar photovoltaic capacity was delayed.

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Aug 10, 2022

EIA’s Weekly Petroleum Status Report provides a snapshot of petroleum balances

U.S. finished motor gasoline product supplied
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report and Petroleum Supply Monthly

EIA’s Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR) provides our most comprehensive data for weekly U.S. crude oil and refined petroleum product balances. Each week, WPSR provides detailed regional and national supply information on crude oil and major petroleum products used in the United States, including motor gasoline, distillate fuel oil, jet fuel, residual fuel, and propane. Our weekly estimates of inventories, refinery operations, and consumption are some of the most timely data series available anywhere to assess physical U.S. crude oil and petroleum product markets.

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Aug 9, 2022

Russia’s natural gas pipeline exports to Europe decline to almost 40-year lows

daily natural gas pipeline exports from Russia to Europe
Data source: Refinitiv Eikon, based on data provided by the European Transmission System Operators
Note: Russia’s natural gas exports by pipeline include exports to the European Union and the United Kingdom as measured by daily flow volumes at the main entry points in Germany, Slovakia, and Poland.

Russia’s natural gas exports by pipeline to the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) declined by almost 40% during the first seven months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021 and by almost 50% compared with the previous five-year (2017–21) average, according to data from Refinitiv Eikon. In mid-July 2022, exports declined to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), the lowest level in nearly 40 years. Between 2016 and 2020, Russia had accounted for about one-third of the EU’s and the UK’s supply of natural gas via pipeline, according to Eurostat.

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Aug 8, 2022

Energy production declined by record amounts in several states in 2020

annual change in primary energy production
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System

In 2020, energy production in the United States fell by record amounts compared with 2019, mostly as a result of decreased economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wyoming had the largest drop in total energy production among the states, decreasing by 1,264 trillion British thermal units, mostly due to decreased coal production. Seven states saw their largest annual energy production decline in at least 60 years, as reported in our State Energy Data System.

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Aug 5, 2022

U.S. propane spot prices have declined from multiyear highs

weekly propane spot prices at Mont Belvieu
Data source: Refinitiv, an LSEG business
Note: Prices are adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index.

After reaching multiyear highs in March, propane spot prices at the Mont Belvieu distribution hub in Texas have steadily declined. Propane prices reached $1.64 per gallon (gal) for the week ending March 11, 2022, the highest inflation-adjusted price since February 2014. Propane prices have declined by 32% since March to $1.14/gal for the week ending July 29, according to data from Refinitiv, an LSEG business.

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Aug 4, 2022

Pipeline projects announced to expand Permian natural gas capacity

map of pipeline projects
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Pipeline Project Tracker

Our latest Natural Gas Pipeline Project Tracker includes five new projects—four newly announced projects and one project under construction—since the last update in April 2022. Of the four new projects, three will expand capacity for existing pipelines, and one will be a new pipeline. If completed as planned, these five projects together would increase takeaway capacity out of the Permian Basin by a combined 4.18 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) over the next two years.

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Aug 3, 2022

The U.S. power grid added 15 GW of generating capacity in the first half of 2022

Operating and planned generating capacity additions (2022)
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, June 2022

According to our latest inventory of electric generators, 15 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating capacity came online in the United States during the first half of 2022. Based on the most recently reported plans, developers could add another 29 GW of capacity in the second half of the year.

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Aug 2, 2022

Several refining projects are scheduled in Asia and the Middle East

Selected major global refinery projects scheduled for 2022 and 2023
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

In Asia and the Middle East, at least nine refinery projects are beginning operations or are scheduled to come online before the end of 2023. At their current planned capacities, they will add 2.9 million barrels per day (b/d) of global refinery capacity once fully operational.

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Aug 1, 2022

California natural gas storage levels are much lower in the north than in the south

California working natural gas inventories
Data source: Pacific Gas & Electric, California Gas Transmission, and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), SoCalGas Envoy

Working natural gas inventories at storage facilities operated by the two largest natural gas distributors in California—Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in the north and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in the south—totaled 100.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of June 30, 2022, according to publicly available company data. Although total California inventories are 4% higher than they were one year ago, storage operation and capacity utilization vary significantly by region.

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