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Crude Oil Production
in Nebraska

Crude oil production for 2012 was 2,513,356 barrels or 6,886 barrels per day, an increase of 0.4 percent from 2011 when annual production was 2,503,888 barrels or 6,860 barrels per day. More information can be found in the report Crude Oil Production by County.

In 2011, Nebraskans consumed 44,232,000 barrels of petroleum products or 121,184 barrels per day; consumption is not available for more recent years. Nebraska's crude oil production in 2011 was 2,503,888 barrels or 6,860 barrels per day which represented only 5.7 percent of the petroleum products consumed in the state.

Crude oil production began in 1939 but, prior to 1950, there was no entity to report production for record keeping. Total production from 1939 to 1949 was estimated by the Geological Survey to be 5,934,112 barrels.

line chart showing Crude Oil Production in Nebraska from 1950 through 2014.

Crude Oil Production in Nebraska, 1983 – 2013

Table 1 of 2
(Barrels)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total1
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total1
2013 196,960 186,248 208,688 202,547 213,246 204,698 217,853 NA NA NA NA NA NA
2012 215,483 200,678 215,810 206,576 212,575 204,788 213,712 215,715 203,435 215,063 207,159 202,254 2,513,356
2011 201,450 181,520 203,413 197,069 212,093 214,708 209,550 212,902 215,726 223,042 213,051 219,041 2,503,888
2010 171,984 161,901 180,256 174,851 184,286 179,621 187,049 194,081 188,151 193,098 193,530 197,881 2,207,344
2009 202,027 184,404 194,572 183,273 190,918 185,211 187,876 187,238 182,416 184,743 179,366 173,709 2,238,846
2008 190,641 182,914 196,527 189,843 194,296 189,902 196,715 212,945 213,168 216,679 203,332 206,388 2,393,633
2007 178,262 166,966 194,033 192,577 199,074 192,603 207,732 209,358 195,805 207,334 195,636 194,999 2,335,375
2006 199,391 181,650 198,084 190,047 194,016 191,345 197,865 196,170 188,956 193,732 190,601 189,932 2,312,955
2005 206,490 188,015 211,329 205,636 210,240 198,481 198,723 203,418 202,529 204,215 192,006 194,626 2,413,452
2004 213,824 200,256 212,516 207,718 213,687 203,436 207,731 213,034 204,492 211,660 205,255 211,353 2,507,232
2003 240,212 216,052 244,063 231,339 237,110 232,059 231,355 233,039 223,311 229,014 218,850 216,756 2,754,939
2002 237,349 215,148 235,071 229,658 236,222 225,615 225,649 239,695 229,141 236,330 227,597 244,962 2,778,858
2001 251,052 224,850 250,652 241,217 255,074 246,683 239,455 247,916 241,679 250,446 235,921 237,069 2,921,795
2000 239,620 228,028 247,550 245,461 249,763 247,208 251,054 249,876 250,692 256,855 241,609 248,303 2,955,351
1999 225,315 202,766 216,084 212,584 220,462 216,336 213,622 228,521 223,193 237,743 225,552 237,378 2,661,299
1998 286,214 268,906 293,955 284,176 290,780 266,962 258,176 256,484 248,955 255,315 236,728 231,112 3,175,852
1997 284,468 261,642 289,554 273,429 280,816 269,162 274,499 276,983 271,845 285,170 282,426 286,056 3,336,834
1996 298,385 283,805 305,605 292,958 298,182 295,579 300,191 297,363 290,523 301,561 286,507 290,483 3,543,110
1995 339,141 308,455 334,305 320,629 322,370 309,952 308,773 317,743 307,646 315,256 302,238 307,302 3,793,759
1994 377,397 335,172 368,888 330,110 365,458 346,816 357,857 355,171 346,106 351,934 337,184 345,040 4,217,322
1993 423,080 380,548 424,198 411,144 426,356 416,168 419,282 410,755 393,794 428,760 377,872 386,677 4,868,255
1992 487,064 454,314 477,821 465,851 475,649 449,522 457,451 448,996 442,453 450,999 428,757 434,678 5,474,188
1991 484,621 446,305 493,822 480,509 492,898 477,288 492,365 500,261 484,883 501,591 479,628 498,266 5,832,115
1990 495,587 453,011 499,275 492,188 499,698 481,191 507,066 512,786 497,133 503,250 473,634 471,128 5,889,722
1989 560,755 483,927 532,398 531,987 531,549 536,038 537,398 521,793 504,189 514,255 483,913 488,017 6,231,544
1988 475,850 459,849 477,192 473,833 497,501 491,800 506,413 518,445 500,694 532,802 516,135 534,628 5,978,429
1987 540,588 483,887 509,946 510,008 521,386 508,937 514,704 506,652 494,073 508,775 490,748 504,194 6,090,631
1986 605,376 540,827 606,889 535,548 592,198 554,068 563,366 559,749 535,490 550,047 525,208 538,137 7,097,633
1985 556,664 514,103 588,527 579,691 605,069 570,347 586,255 601,343 583,953 608,706 572,288 579,246 6,942,502
1984 529,138 504,454 544,875 500,179 545,150 532,522 538,203 546,779 549,347 565,296 547,729 549,443 6,469,723
1983 562,152 508,864 542,398 529,810 547,386 521,587 543,190 544,998 531,989 547,738 520,463 480,481 6,386,417

Crude Oil Production in Nebraska, 1950 – 1982

Table 2 of 2
(Barrels)

Year Production Year Production Year Production Year Production
1950 1,396,046 1960 23,786,739 1970 11,452,511 1980 6,239,652
1951 2,162,814 1961 24,339,769 1971 10,061,690 1981 6,671,313
1952 2,681,114 1962 24,893,777 1972 8,705,122 1982 6,872,204
1953 6,126,668 1963 21,845,633 1973 7,240,309
1954 8,142,513 1964 19,113,091 1974 6,610,595
1955 12,201,022 1965 17,215,924 1975 6,119,671
1956 16,560,987 1966 13,850,367 1976 6,179,902
1957 19,627,424 1967 13,372,691 1977 5,968,452
1958 20,366,954 1968 13,183,023 1978 5,862,277
1959 23,021,366 1969 12,105,728 1979 6,068,361

Sources: "Nebraska Oil Activity Summary." Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sidney, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: Monthly numbers are not available before 1983. Numbers in red have been revised. NA = Not Available. P = Projected.

1The annual total is compiled after corrections and updates have been made which are not reflected in the monthly reports, so the annual total will not always equal the total of the monthly numbers.

The table was updated on February 28, 2014. Typically, there are two months between updates.
The graph was updated on December 12, 2013. Typically, there is one year between updates.