Releases Are Part of President Biden’s Continued Action to Protect American Consumers, Address the Global Supply Disruption Caused by Putin’s Energy Price Hike, and Enhance Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that contracts have been awardedfor the purchase of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) following a Notice of Sale announced on September 19, 2022. The contract awards are part of President Biden’s announcement on March 31, 2022, to release as much as 180 million barrels of crude oil to address the significant global supply disruption caused by Putin’s war on Ukraine, act as a wartime bridge for domestic production to increase, and aid in lowering energy costs for American families. 

A total of thirteen (13) companies responded to the notice, submitting 91 bids for oil from two SPR sites – West Hackberry and Big Hill. The sale is fully subscribed and the contracts were awarded to the following companies: 


Atlantic Trading & Marketing, Inc. 0.500 MMBL
Equinor Marketing & Trading 2.050 MMBL
Macquarie Commodities Trading US LLC 0.900 MMBL
Marathon Petroleum Supply and Trading LLC   2.350 MMBL
Motiva Enterprises LLC  1.750 MMBL
Phillips 66 Company 1.400 MMBL
Shell Trading (US) Company   0.700 MMBL
Valero Marketing and Supply Company  0.500 MMBL

Crude oil deliveries will take place from the West Hackberry and the Big Hill SPR storage sites from November 1, 2022, until November 30, 2022. In addition to the 10.15 million barrels of crude oil awarded for November delivery, 155 million barrels have already been delivered as a result of the Administration’s historic use of the SPR.

The SPR is the world's largest supply of emergency crude oil, and the federally owned oil stocks stored in underground salt caverns at four storage sites in Texas and Louisiana. The SPR has a long history of protecting the economy and American livelihoods in times of energy supply challenges.

For more information on the SPR please visit Infographic: Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Fact Sheet: Strategic Petroleum Reserve.