EIA: US still top producer of petroleum, natural gas hydrocarbons

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Oil pumping equipment at Gudong oil field which is a part of the Shengli oil field, Dongying, China. The US remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016.

The US has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production surpassed that of Russia


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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on June 7 that the United States is the top producer for the fifth year in a row of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons.

“The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year despite production declines for both petroleum and natural gas relative to their 2015 levels,” the EIA said, adding that the US has been the world’s top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and it has been the world’s top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when its production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s output.

In EIA’s June Short-Term Energy Outlook, US petroleum and other liquid fuels production is expected to increase, reaching 15.6 million barrels per day in 2017 and 16.7 million barrels per day in 2018, up from 14.8 million barrels per day in 2016.

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