Total wet natural gas production across the United States jumped in November 2016 while oil production also showed some recovery, according to a monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Gross wet gas production in the U.S. increased 2.2%, or by almost 1.9 Bcf/d, to 89.51 Bcf/d in November 2016 from 87.62 Bcf/d in October 2016, putting total U.S. wet gas production 1.53 Bcf/d, or 1.7%, below levels reported in November 2015, the EIA said in its latest "Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production" report released Jan. 31.
By state or area, Alaska saw the largest increase in gas production by volume, up 1.03 Bcf/d, or 11.7%, month on month to an average of almost 9.8 Bcf/d, followed by Pennsylvania, where production was up almost 0.96 Bcf/d, or 7.0%, to 14.56 Bcf/d. Leading losses, Texas output was down 0.26 Bcf/d to 21.25 Bcf/d and Wyoming gas production eased 0.12 Bcf/d, or 2.3%, to average 4.81 Bcf/d.
Total U.S. crude oil production increased 1.2% month on month, from 8.80 MMbbl/d in October 2016 to 8.90 MMbbl/d in November 2016. The total was still down 4.3% from levels recorded in November 2015.
On an absolute basis, the federal Gulf of Mexico region saw the largest increase in oil production, rising 90,000 bbl/d, or 5.6%, to an average of 1.68 MMbbl/d, followed by Texas oil production, which increased 20,000 bbl/d, or 0.6%, to 3.20 MMbbl/d, and Alaska output, which increased 18,000 bbl/d, or 3.7%, to average 513,000 bbl/d.