July 31, 2020 / 4:49 PM / 14 days ago

U.S. crude output in May plummets by a record 2 million bpd

A maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil production plummeted in May, falling a record 2 million barrels per day to 10 million bpd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report Friday.

The drop, the sharpest monthly decline on record according to data going back to 2005, came after a price crash this spring due to oversupply and reduced demand owing to the novel coronavirus.

Top crude producer state Texas cut production by 764,000 bpd while North Dakota’s output fell by 353,000 bpd in the month.

Offshore drilling in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico fell by 300,000 bpd, the report said.

Gasoline demand was down 23.5% from year-ago levels at 7.2 million bpd.

Demand for diesel and other distillate fuels fell 12.6% from a year earlier to 3.5 million bpd.

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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