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Surging U.S. Crude Oil Production Boosts Fortunes of Energy Firms

Eliecer Palacios

Surging output from U.S. shale formations has boosted total crude oil production to a record high of nearly 10.7 million barrels a day (MM bbl/d), according to the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA), making the U.S. the largest oil producer in the world. In February U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades at a moment when that country was negotiating production quotas with Russia. In June and August the U.S. surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999.