Strategic petroleum reserves (1 - 10 of 94 items)
Changing Crude Oil Markets: Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, and the Size of the Strategic Reserves Should Be Reexamined
GAO-14-807: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2014.
The studies GAO reviewed and stakeholders interviewed suggest that removing crude oil export restrictions is likely to increase domestic crude oil prices but decrease consumer fuel prices. Prices for some U.S. crude oils are lower than international prices—for example, one benchmark U.S. crude oil averaged $101 per barrel in 2014, while a comparable international crude oil averaged $109. Studies...
Naval Petroleum Reserve: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Its Profitability
RCED-95-65: Published: Jan 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR-1), focusing on actions the U.S. government could take to increase its profitability.GAO found that: (1) there are three standard industry practices that could enhance the profitability of NPR-1; (2) the Department of Energy (DOE) could be allowed to set the rate of production in a way that maximizes profits rather...
Energy Policy: Energy Policy and Conservation Act Reauthorization
T-RCED-94-214: Published: May 25, 1994. Publicly Released: May 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the reauthorization of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, focusing on the: (1) priority of options to improve the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR); (2) International Energy Agency's (IEA) evolving mission; and (3) options for enhancing revenues from the Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR). GAO noted that: (1) resolving readiness problems at SPR, s...
Naval Petroleum Reserve: Limited Opportunities Exist to Increase Revenues From Oil Sales in California
RCED-94-126: Published: May 24, 1994. Publicly Released: May 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Naval Petroleum Reserve (NPR) oil sales, focusing on whether: (1) NPR oil sales to Gulf Coast and mid-continent refiners would increase government revenues and result in higher prices for the remaining NPR oil in California; (2) there are barriers that impede the shipment of NPR oil to refiners; (3) the Department of Energy (DOE) can...
International Energy Agency: Response to the Oil Supply Disruption Caused by the Persian Gulf Crisis
NSIAD-92-93: Published: Jan 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) International Energy Agency's (IEA) decision to draw down emergency oil stocks in response to the oil supply disruptions that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait; (2) U.S. policy on restraining oil demand; (3) U.S. position on domestic sharing of oil supplies in an emergency and oil companies' views on that position; and (4) Department of E...
Oil Reserve: Some Concerns Remain About SPR Drawdown and Distribution
RCED-91-16: Published: Nov 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Energy's (DOE) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) drawdown plans, focusing on: (1) DOE capability for withdrawing and distributing SPR oil; (2) SPR compliance with pipeline safety requirements; and (3) the status of DOE actions to correct problems previously identified by GAO.GAO found that: (1) DOE estimated that it could withdraw...
Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Work Still Needed to Improve Accuracy of Reserve Estimates
RCED-90-16: Published: Dec 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a Department of Energy (DOE) contractor's reserve data revisions for Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 1, an oil field jointly owned by the federal government and an oil company.GAO found that: (1) the revised data was inaccurate and outdated because the contractor was unable to conduct technical field analyses within the contract period; (2) the cont...
Oil Reserve: Status of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Activities as of September 30, 1988
RCED-89-63FS: Published: Jan 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (DOE) progress in developing, operating, and filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) during the 6 months ended September 30, 1988.GAO found that, during that period, DOE: (1) added 9.7 million barrels of crude oil to SPR, increasing the inventory to 554.7 million barrels; (2) disbursed $130 million to the Mexican na...
Status of Security Measures to Prevent Oil Flow Disruptions
T-RCED-89-3: Published: Dec 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1988.
GAO provided unclassified information from a classified report regarding the Department of Energy's (DOE) security program for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. GAO found that program goals are to: (1) limit site access to the extent feasible; and (2) develop recovery plans that would allow DOE to restore full operational capability within 15 to 30 days after an oil flow disruption. GAO also found...
Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1: Examination of DOE's Report on Divestiture
RCED-88-151: Published: Aug 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) the Department of Energy's (DOE) report on the proposed divestiture of Naval Petroleum Reserve 1 (NPR-1); and (2) whether DOE could lease the reserve instead of selling it.GAO found that the report did not justify the sale of NPR-1 assets, since it: (1) lacked a comprehensive study of all producing pools at NPR-1 to estimate the reserve's v...