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How Much Oil is Produced Outside of OPEC?

Jan 13 2020 Read 218 Times

Fronted by 13 nations, including heavyweights such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and the UAE, OPEC produces around 40% of the world's crude oil. While the cartel has enormous influence over the global oil market it has no control over other oil-producing nations, including big shots such as the United States.

This lack of control started to show in 2019, with non-OPEC production soaring by 752 kb/d to 50,482 kb/d in August, representing a significant jump from the 49,730 kb/d reported in July. The positive trend marked the first noteworthy monthly increase in 2019, with the United States one of the major contributors.

United States emerges as world's largest oil producer

During August the US added 599 kb/d to its oil output, which left non-OPEC oil production just 295 kb/d short of hitting the historic high of 50,777 kb/d seen in December 2018. Together with 13 other non-OPEC producers, the United States contributed to 87% of total non-OPEC output in August.

The United States also stepped up as the world's largest oil producer, extracting a huge 12.3 million bpd in 2019. The figure was released by the US Energy Information Administration and represents a significant increase from the 10.96 million bpd reported in 2018. The production spike also saw the US surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia, which produced around 11 million bpd and 10 million bpd respectively in 2019.

The rise of OPEC+

While Russia isn't an official member of OPEC it does engage in alliances with the cartel. Together with 10 other non-OPEC nations, including Mexico and Kazakhstan, the organisation created a union known as OPEC+. Together, OPEC+ nations control 55% of global oil supplies and 90% of proven reserves.

China, which isn't a member of OPEC or OPEC+, contributed to gains with production rates of more than 4 million bpd in 2019. The People's Republic also increased capital investment in oil exploration to US$77 billion in 2019, marking a 20% increase. Canada is currently sitting on an estimated 180 billion barrels of oil, much of it trapped in sands. Like China, the country produces around 4 million bpd and contributes to around 4% of the world's oil supply.

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