North Dakota’s crude output fell to a multi-year low in December as harsh winter conditions interrupted production.
State data showed that the state’s oil output fell to about 29.21 barrels of oil in December, marking the second straight month of declines.
Total daily production fell to 942,455 bpd compared to 1.034 million bpd in November.
According to the Capital Journal, the daily production decline marked the state’s lowest daily production level since January 2014.
The number of producing wells in the state ticked down to 13,013 from 13,201 in November but was up from 12,750 in the year ago period.
The number of barrels being produced by each well declined to 2,245 barrels in December, down from November 2,351 barrels per well and 2,801 barrels per well during the same month last year.
Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s Mineral Resources Department, told the Capital Journal that harsh weather conditions impeded crude production for several days in December.
North Dakota’s rig count was unchanged last week at 36 rigs, three rigs shy of the year-ago level.