The oil and natural gas found right here in North Dakota is getting us closer to energy independence, allowing the U.S. to lessen dependence on foreign energy sources. North Dakota produces on average about 1.12 million barrels of oil per day in 2021, making it the number three oil producer in the U.S. behind only Texas and New Mexico.

North Dakota’s rise as a leader in oil production has helped the country as a whole become the world’s No. 1 producer in both oil and natural gas, strengthening the nation’s energy security. In fact, for the first time since at least 1949, the U.S.  became a net exporter. In 2020, annual petroleum net imports were actually negative (at -0.65 MMb/d), the first time this occurred since at least 1949.

Energy security also allows an additional $400 billion to stay in the U.S. economy each year.




How does North Dakota’s production compare on a global scale?

Nearly 100 countries in the world produce oil, but in 2020, five countries accounted for about 50% of the world’s total crude oil production.

Through 2020, the United States was the world’s largest oil producer, and Texas alone would rank as the fourth largest producer in the world while North Dakota ranked in the top 20 world producers.

This graph shows just how important North Dakota is to our nation’s energy security.


(including lease condensate)

Ranking Country Barrels Per Day
1 United States        11,307,562
2 Russia          9,865,421
3 Saudi Arabia          9,405,666
Texas          4,772,000
4 Canada          4,180,437
5 Iraq          4,088,218
6 China          3,888,989
7 United Arab Emirates          3,138,223
8 Brazil          2,939,950
9 Iran          2,643,838
10 Kuwait          2,544,513
11 Nigeria          1,774,629
12 Kazakhstan          1,756,673
13 Norway          1,713,045
14 Mexico          1,710,260
Gulf Offshore          1,644,000
15 Qatar          1,274,483
16 Angola          1,256,672
North Dakota          1,188,000
Ranking Country Barrels Per Day
17 Algeria          1,122,432
New Mexico          1,012,000
18 Oman             948,905
19 United Kingdom             947,243
20 Colombia             781,078
21 Indonesia             708,257
22 Azerbaijan             694,819
23 India             627,419
24 Egypt             586,735
25 Malaysia             555,695
26 Venezuela             527,063
27 Argentina             480,021
28 Ecuador             479,371
Oklahoma             469,000
Colorado             459,000
Alaska             448,000
29 Libya             408,074
California             391,000
30 Australia             351,193

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