Bakken oil production forecast to top 1 million bopd next month
BY U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY
WASHINGTON -- The latest monthly update of estimated crude oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows total wellhead output topping 1 million bopd next month. The update appears in the most recent issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR).
The Bakken region now accounts for a little over 10% of total U.S. oil production, and is expected to be the fourth region (along with the Gulf of Mexico, Eagle Ford and Permian basins) producing more than 1 million bopd in the nation in December.
Infrastructure improvements in the central part of the nation carried more of this oil to refineries in recent months, helping to narrow the price difference between the Bakken region and West Texas Intermediate, which is priced at Cushing, Oklahoma.
The growth of crude oil production in the Bakken region is part of a longer-term trend in drilling efficiency gains, and has led North Dakota to rank second in crude oil production in the U.S., behind only Texas. These production gains have led to increases in gross domestic product in the state, as well as increased demand for electricity.
EIA's November DPR was released earlier this week.