US Crude Output Hits Record in Oct - EIA

Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil production in October hit a record 12.66 MMbpd, up from a revised 12.48 MMbpd in September, the U.S. government said in a monthly report on Tuesday.

Weekly production figures have already shown the United States surpassing 13 MMbpd in production, but that data is considered less reliable than the monthly figures.

The United States has become the world's largest oil producer as technological advances have increased production from shale formations, and it has also become a leading exporter.

U.S. crude exports rose to 3.38 MMbpd in October, up from 3.09 million bpd the previous month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

Production in Texas rose to a record 5.27 MMbpd, the EIA said, while North Dakota also reached a new high of 1.47 million bpd. New Mexico's output rose to 982,000 bpd, also a record.

U.S. natural gas output in the lower 48 states rose to a record 106.08 Bcfd in October from a revised 105.09 bcfd in September, the EIA said in its monthly 914 report.

Production in the largest gas-producing state, Texas, fell by 0.5% to 29.14 Bcfd, and fell by 0.1% in Pennsylvania, the second-largest gas producer. Output rose by 7.4% in Alaska.

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