EIA inaugurates monthly crude-by-rail shipping information

The US Energy Information Administration is providing monthly data of crude oil shipments by rail for the first time. The new crude-by-rail movements will be integrated with its existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge, EIA said.

The crude-by-rail data provide a clearer picture of an oil transportation mode which has rapidly grown recently, and is of great interest to policymakers, the public, and the rail and oil industries, EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski said.

“EIA expects that the new data it has developed using information provided by the US Surface Transportation Board (STB), along with data from other third-party sources and our own survey data, will provide key insights into oil-by-rail movements, including shipments to and from Canada,” he said. “We welcome the cooperation of the STB as well as Canada’s National Energy Board in making these data accessible.”

EIA will sponsor a webinar on Mar. 31 at 11 a.m. EDT to explain the new crude-by-rail data. Signup information is on its new US Movements of Crude Oil by Rail web page.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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