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How much of the oil produced in the United States is consumed in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) cannot determine how much of the crude oil produced in the United States is then consumed in the United States. Most of the crude oil produced in the United States is refined in U.S. refineries to make petroleum products. The United States exports crude oil, but EIA is not able to determine exactly how much of the exported crude oil is produced in the United States because some of exported crude oil may originally have been imported from other countries. The United States also produces and exports non-crude oil petroleum liquids and petroleum products, but EIA is unable to track how much of these petroleum exports are made from domestically produced crude oil.

In 2018, U.S. total petroleum production averaged about 17.67 million barrels per day (mmb/d), which included

Total petroleum consumption averaged about 20.45 million b/d in 2018. The difference between petroleum consumption and production is mainly made up of net imports (imports minus exports) of petroleum and changes in petroleum inventories.

Learn more:
Monthly Energy Review: Petroleum Overview (Table 3.1)
How much oil is consumed in the United States?
U.S. petroleum supply and disposition
Energy Explained: Oil–Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

Last updated: April 1, 2019


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