GAS ENCROACHMENT CUTS SPR DRAWDOWN RATE
Gas encroachment has halved the drawdown rate for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. DOE discovered last year it would have to pump 200 million bbl of oil from the 577.3 million bbl SPR and degasify it (OGJ, May 3, 1993, p. 130). But the department said the SPR's 4.3 million b/d potential drawdown rate would be reduced only 400,000 b/d. However, DOE told the House appropriations committee it could pump only 2 million b/d from the SPR in the event of a supply emergency.