March 30, 2011 / 8:39 PM / in 9 years

U.S. oil imports rose 5 pct in January-EIA

 WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil imports rose for a third
month running in January as the stronger economy boosted fuel consumption and
as shipments recovered from a two-month dip, the government said on Wednesday.
 Crude imports averaged 9.069 million barrels per day in January, a rise of
438,000 bpd from December, the Energy Information Administration said in a
monthly report. In December, imports rose 5.6 percent, or 461,000 bpd, to 8.631
million bpd.
 President Barack Obama set a goal on Wednesday of cutting U.S. oil imports
by a third in a little over 10 years as high gasoline prices threatened to
undermine the economic recovery. [ID:nN30123808]
 Shipments over the last two months were recovering after falling steeply in
September and October, but have not reached last year's average.
 Last year U.S. oil imports rose 1.7 percent to average 9.163 million bpd.
 Canada remained America's biggest foreign oil supplier, followed by Mexico,
Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
 The following is EIA data on shipments from major U.S. oil suppliers:
                 U.S. CRUDE OIL IMPORTS
                (Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country           Jan-11   Dec-10    YTD 2011    Jan-10  YTD 2010
CANADA             2,149    2,064       2,149     1,882     1,882
MEXICO             1,216    1,223       1,216     1,033     1,033
SAUDI ARABIA       1,099    1,076       1,099       958       958
NIGERIA              968    1,024         968       996       996
VENEZUELA            951      825         951       827       827
IRAQ                 470      336         470       506       506
ALGERIA              378      262         378       327       327
COLOMBIA             303      220         303       293       293
ANGOLA               294      307         294       268       268
BRAZIL               259      271         259       271       271
ECUADOR              178      192         178       215       215
KUWAIT               147      125         147        66        66
RUSSIA               105      158         105       137       137
ARGENTINA             73       85          73        18        18
AZERBAIJAN            66       18          66        31        31
          U.S. OIL AND REFINED PETROLEUM IMPORTS
                 (Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country           Jan-11    Dec-10   YTD 2011    Jan-10  YTD 2010
CANADA             2,826     2,713      2,826     2,593     2,593
MEXICO             1,366     1,365      1,366     1,131     1,131
SAUDI ARABIA       1,102     1,087      1,102       963       963
VENEZUELA          1,030       917      1,030       911       911
NIGERIA            1,007     1,070      1,007     1,013     1,013
ALGERIA              565       484        565       498       498
RUSSIA               531       514        531       463       463
IRAQ                 470       336        470       506       506
COLOMBIA             332       231        332       322       322
ANGOLA               316       319        316       280       280
VIRGIN ISLANDS       276       191        276       308       308
BRAZIL               274       295        274       353       353
ECUADOR              178       192        178       215       215
UNITED KINGDOM       155       236        155       282       282
KUWAIT               147       125        147        77        77
Note: The data in the tables above exclude oil imports into the U.S.
territories.
 (Reporting by Timothy Gardner;editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)


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