A petro-tipping point: U.S. to surpass Saudi oil exports
Oil and gas wells on Denver International Airport property. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images
Rising U.S. exports of crude oil and petroleum products (like gasoline) combined are poised to overtake Saudi Arabia's by the end of the year, Rystad Energy predicts in a new analysis.
Why it matters: It's a testament to how the U.S. oil boom is increasingly affecting global trade. And it's just symbolically interesting.
What they're saying: "This remarkable turnaround is made possible by the continued rise in oil production from [U.S.] shale plays and the increased oil export capacity from the Gulf Coast," the consultancy said in a brief report.
But, but, but: The U.S. is not rivaling the Saudis when it comes to crude oil exports anytime soon, even as the U.S. crude shipments grow.
- Numbers bounce around but overall the Saudis are exporting around 7 million barrels per day of crude. The U.S. levels — which have grown sharply in recent years — are still typically much less than half that amount.
- But the U.S. exports lots of gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.
The bottom line: The Saudis are at around 9 million barrels per day when you combine crude, natural gas liquids and other petroleum products. The U.S. is at around 8 million and rising.