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Permian Oil Output to Grow for Several Years, Plains All American CEO Says

  • Plains CEO: Output to grow 600,000 barrels a day annually
  • Production in January was 4.996 million barrels a day: EIA
Pumpjacks extract oil near Monahans, Texas.

Pumpjacks extract oil near Monahans, Texas.

Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg
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Crude oil production from the prolific Permian basin of West Texas has topped estimates and may grow by an annual rate of 600,000 barrels a day over the next several years, according to pipeline giant Plains All American Pipeline LP.

The Houston-based company expects to move nearly 5.3 million barrels a day of oil in the Permian this year, up 19% from last year. While not equivalent to production, those flows would exceed the current output record for the basin, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. The agency expects output to reach a new high of 5.1 million barrels a day in February.