Just six years after importing more than 1 million barrels a day from countries including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Iraq, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is receiving just half of that from overseas, highlighting a nationwide trend at harbors from Mississippi to Pennsylvania. What’s more, with U.S. output soaring to a 31-year high, neighboring Texas has become the port’s second-biggest supplier.
U.S. oil production has significantly changed the flows of oil around the world and LOOP is at the fulcrum,” Jamie Webster, head of global oil markets at IHS Inc., said by telephone from Washington Nov. 3.
We’re now essentially receiving nothing from Nigeria. This is a huge change. I’m an oil markets man and not an economist, but in general, this is a big stimulus” for the U.S.
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