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The exponential rise in ‘Saudi Texas’ oil output continues – the state’s oil production doubled in only 2.5 years


The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released new US crude oil production data  yesterday for the month of April by state, and one of the highlights of the monthly update is that oil output in America’s No. 1 oil-producing state – Texas – continues its phenomenal, meteoric rise. Here are some details of oil output in “Saudi Texas”:

1. Texas produced an average of 2.45 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil in April, which is the highest average daily output in the state in any month since April 1985, exactly 28 years ago (see chart above). Compared to a year earlier, oil output in Texas increased by more than 30% in April, posting the 19th straight month starting in October 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 30% on a year-over-year basis.

2. Amazingly, oil production in the Lone Star State has more than doubled in only 2.5 years, from 1.21 million bpd in October 2010 to 2.45 million bpd in April 2013, which has to be one of the most significant increases in oil output ever recorded in the history of the US over such a short period of time. More than a million bpd increase in oil output in only 30 months in one US state is remarkable, and would have never been possible without the revolutionary drilling techniques that just recently started accessing vast oceans of Texas shale oil in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin fields.

3. In just the last 16 months since January 2012, when the state produced 1.73 million bpd, Texas oil output has increased by 723,000 bpd to 2.45 million bpd in April, which is the equivalent to adding an entire new oil field the size of the North Dakota Bakken formation to the US oil supply (based on April production in the Bakken of 727,000 bpd).

4. The exponential increase in Texas oil output over roughly the last three years has completely reversed the previous 23-year decline in the state’s oil production that took place from 1986 to 2009 (see arrows in chart).

5. In mid-2009, Texas was producing less than 20% of America’s domestic crude oil. The recent gusher of unconventional oil being produced in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin areas of Texas, thanks to breakthrough drilling technologies, has recently pushed the Lone Star State’s share of domestic crude oil above 30% in each of the last 12 months, and all the way up to 33.4% of America’s crude in April.

6. Oil output has increased so significantly in Texas in recent years that if it was considered as a separate oil-producing country, Texas would have been the 12th largest oil-producing nation in the world for crude oil output in February (most recent month available for international oil production data) – just slightly behind Venezuela (2.475 million bpd), and Kuwait (2.80 million bpd). At the current pace of output increases, Texas oil production will likely surpass 3 million bpd by the end of the year and surpass Venezuela, Kuwait, Mexico, and Iraq to move up to become the equivalent of the 9th largest oil-production “nation” in the world.

7. The exponential increase in Texas oil production is bringing jobs and economic prosperity to the state. For example, over the last 12 months through May, payrolls in the state of Texas increased by 325,000 jobs, which was a 3.0% annual increase in the state’s employment level, or almost twice the national increase in payroll employment of only 1.58% over that period. Every business day over the last year, almost 1,500 new jobs were created in the Lone Star State, and many of those jobs were directly or indirectly related to the state’s booming oil and gas industry, which saw a 5% increase in payrolls over the most recent 12-month period through May.

MP: The exponential increase in Texas oil production over the last several years is nothing short of phenomenal, and is a direct result of “petropreneurs” who developed game-changing drilling technologies in America that have now revolutionized the nation’s production of shale oil. For Texas oil output to double in only two-and-a-half years, and increase so dramatically that the state produced more than one of every three barrels of America’s crude oil output in April, has to be one of the most remarkable energy success stories in US history.

5 thoughts on “The exponential rise in ‘Saudi Texas’ oil output continues – the state’s oil production doubled in only 2.5 years

  1. The wide and deep application and combination of various technologies has unlimited potential. It guarantees “sustainability” that neither solar nor wind will touch in the next 100 years.

    • My Dad was the Superintendent of a small drilling company, who made fields from Smackover to Wink and back to the giant East Texas fields. I think he is smiling down, because he talking about the possibilities of what they are now doing way back in the ‘50s.

  2. How long before the Saudis begin to use the “revolutionary” technology that spiked American production? Would it have the same impact there?

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