US Nov oil imports from Saudi Arabia up 32 pct-EIA

Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:44pm GMT

 * Saudi monthly oil shipments fourth highest for 2010
 * Canada still top US oil supplier but exports slip in Nov
 * Oil imports from Mexico up 29 percent from prior Nov
 By Tom Doggett
 WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil imports in
November fell to the lowest level for the month in 11 years,
even though oil shipments from Saudi Arabia were up 32 percent,
the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Friday.
 November crude imports declined 1.5 percent to 8.608
million bpd from 8.740 million bpd a year earlier, based on
information provided to EIA from importing energy companies.
 It was the lowest November volume for U.S. oil imports
since 1999.
 Canada was again America's biggest oil supplier for
November, though exports were down 2.1 percent from a year ago
to 1.975 million bpd, the lowest for the month in three years.
 Mexico stayed in second place, with oil shipments of 1.229
million bpd, up 29 percent from a year earlier.
 Saudi Arabia's oil exports of 1.119 million bpd put the
kingdom in third place for November. U.S. purchases of Saudi
oil were up 32 percent from a year ago and the fourth highest
monthly volume so far during 2010.
 The big jump in Saudi oil shipments occurred as the
International Energy Agency said the kingdom's quietly
increased its oil output increased at the end of last year.
 Oil shipments from fourth-ranked Venezuela averaged 884,000
bpd, up 11.5 percent during the month.
 The following is EIA data on shipments from major U.S. oil
suppliers:
                    U.S. CRUDE OIL IMPORTS*
                  (Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country       Nov 10    Oct 10     YTD 2010   Nov 09  YTD 2009
CANADA         1,975     1,840       1,963     2,018    1,928
MEXICO         1,229     1,178       1,132       951    1,095
SAUDI ARABIA   1,119     1,114       1,081       847      991
VENEZUELA        884       887         920       793      968
NIGERIA          806       812         982       948      753
COLOMBIA         489       400         349       216      258
ALGERIA          379       259         331       219      276
IRAQ             340       143         421       461      461
ANGOLA           263       311         387       408      465
ECUADOR          188       203         196       150      190
BRAZIL           188       168         252       261      306
KUWAIT           170       215         202       287      182
RUSSIA            85       182         261       168      236
UNITED KINGDOM    80         0         120        90      106
INDONESIA         55        49          34         7       15
              U.S. OIL AND REFINED PETROLEUM IMPORTS*
                     (Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country       Nov 10    Oct 10     YTD 2010   Nov 09  YTD 2009
CANADA         2,510     2,345       2,516     2,565    2,458
MEXICO         1,363     1,345       1,272     1,084    1,211
SAUDI ARABIA   1,141     1,121       1,094       858    1,016
VENEZUELA        942       930         993       874    1,082
NIGERIA          860       872       1,021       980      789
ALGERIA          572       451         509       400      488
RUSSIA           553       655         620       415      580
COLOMBIA         492       422         377       237      281
IRAQ             340       143         421       461      462
ANGOLA           276       324         397       431      477
VIRGIN ISLANDS   234       270         260       205      276
BRAZIL           198       169         269       268      320
ECUADOR          194       203         198       155      194
UNITED KINGDOM   187       152         258       190      249
KUWAIT           170       215         203       287      184
Note: The data in the tables above exclude oil imports into the
U.S. territories.  
 (Reporting by Tom Doggett; Editing by David Gregorio)