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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. The United States also produces and exports non-crude oil petroleum liquids and refined petroleum products, but EIA is unable to track how much of these petroleum exports are made from domestically produced crude oil.

In 2017, the United States produced an average of about 9.3 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil, about 3.7 million b/d of hydrocarbon gas liquids (natural gas plant liquids and liquefied refinery gases), and about 1.1 million b/d of biofuels, for a petroleum production total of about 14.2 million b/d.

Total petroleum consumption averaged about 19.8 million b/d in 2017. The difference between petroleum production and consumption is mainly made up of net imports (imports minus exports) of petroleum, changes in petroleum inventories, and petroleum refinery processing gain.

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

Last updated: April 4, 2018


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