(Corrects in sixth paragraph Venezuela’s production figures to 17.3 million barrels in March and 13.2 million barrels in February from 13.2 million bpd in March. )
By Scott DiSavino and Jessica Resnick-Ault
May 31 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil production jumped 215,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 10.47 million bpd in March, the highest on record, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report on Thursday.
Production in Texas rose by 4 percent to almost 4.2 million bpd, a record high based on the data going back to 2005. The Permian basin, which stretches across West Texas and eastern New Mexico, is the largest U.S. oilfield.
Output from North Dakota held around 1.2 million bpd, while output in the federal Gulf of Mexico declined 1.1 percent to 1.7 million bpd.
The agency also revised February oil production down by 5,000 bpd to 10.26 million bpd.
U.S. crude oil output C-OUT-T-EIA rose above 10 million bpd late last year for the first time since the 1970s, overtaking top oil exporter Saudi Arabia PRODN-SA, but it still lags behind top producer Russia, which pumps just below 11 million bpd C-RU-OUT.
U.S. oil imports from Venezuela increased to 17.3 million barrels in March from 13.21 barrels in February. Last month’s level was close to the all-time low of 13.20 million barrels, reported in January 2003. OPEC-member Venezuela’s oil output has declined amid political unrest.
Gasoline demand in March was 9.4 million bpd, up 1 percent, or 94,000 bpd, from a year earlier, according to the report. At the same time, gasoline exports rose to 951,000 bpd, up 361,000 bpd from a year earlier.
Demand for distillate fuels, including diesel and heating oil was 4.2 million bpd, up 0.4 percent, or 15,000 bpd, from a year earlier. Distillate fuel exports were 1.15 million bpd in the month, down about 12,000 bpd from a year earlier.
U.S. natural gas production in the lower 48 states rose to an all-time high of 88.8 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in March, up from the prior record of 87.7 bcfd in February, according to EIA’s 914 production report.
Output in Texas, the nation’s largest gas producer, increased 1.3 percent in March to 22.7 bcfd, the most since April 2016.
In Pennsylvania, the second biggest gas producing state, production dipped to 16.4 bcfd in March, down 0.6 percent from February’s record high of 16.5 bcfd. That compares with output of 14.8 bcfd in March 2017.
The United States has been the world’s biggest producer of gas since 2009, ahead of Russia. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino Editing by Marguerita Choy)