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How much of the crude 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 along with imported crude oil to make petroleum products. EIA is not able to determine exactly how much of U.S. crude oil exports are produced in the United States because some of the exported crude oil may originally have been imported from other countries, placed in storage, and then exported. The United States also produces and exports petroleum products, but EIA is unable to track how much of these petroleum exports are made from domestically produced or imported crude oil. Also, some of U.S. crude oil exports are refined into petroleum products in other countries, which may be exported back to, and consumed in, the United States.

In 2018, U.S. total petroleum production averaged about 17.71 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 composed 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: September 5, 2019


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