U.S. energy secretary says oil, gas output will continue to increase

Source: By Timothy Gardner and Doina Chiacu, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with EU representatives at the State Department in Washington

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Secretary said on Monday U.S. oil and gas production is rising and will continue to rise to make up for the 1 to 1.5 million barrels of oil per day that has been pulled off the market in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Jennifer Granholm told CNBC the boost in U.S. oil to market will be about 1 million barrels per day, first coming from President Joe Biden’s record release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve starting in May and lasting six months.

The administration expects domestic oil production will increase as well in coming months and help stabilize prices for crude and gasoline.

“That’s one of the reasons why perhaps you’re seeing some leveling off of prices,” Granholm said about the supply release’s effect on oil prices which also slumped on Monday as COVID-19 lockdowns in China and potential increases in the U.S. interest rate raise concerns about global growth.

Granholm said global and domestic oil markets may react if Europe bans imports of Russian crude. “If they do decide to do some form of ban or some medium version of that, then there will be an impact, no doubt on oil prices, because that will pull more supply off the market,” she said.

U.S. consumers are willing to absorb some of those costs, as a sacrifice as the world toughens its stance on Russia, Granholm said, but the Biden administration wants to ensure that it can lessen any impact, “particularly for middle class lower income people who really feel this pinch more than anybody.”

Reporting by Timothy Gardner and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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