Oil, Part III: The world’s top producer of crude oil and NGPL

About 100 countries produce crude oil and NGPL (the liquid separated from natural gas during processing that is used in refining petroleum). The United States was the third largest producer of crude oil and NGPL in 2009.

What country was the top producer of crude oil and NGPL in 2009?

A. Saudi Arabia
B. China
C. Russia
D. Canada


C. Russia Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, the USSR was the world’s largest producer. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia claimed the top spot. Russia became the top producer in 2009 with 12.3 percent of the world’s crude oil and NGPL. Saudi Arabia ranked a close second with 12.0 percent.

More information about oil production, consumption, exports, and imports is available through the DOE Energy Information Administration at: http://www.eia.gov/countries/index.cfm?topL=exp

A. 71,843
B. 65,888
C. 53,243
D. 46,639


D. 46,639

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The World’s top producer of crude and natural gas, March 17
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