Biden Administration's Decision on Strategic Petroleum Reserve Purchases

Eduardo Alvarez
1 min read

What Happened:

The Biden administration has canceled the planned purchases for the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR), citing rising oil prices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite indicating they would refill the SPR, the Department of Energy has now canceled solicitations offered last month.
  • The SPR is the world's largest supply of emergency crude oil, established primarily to reduce the impact of disruptions in supplies of petroleum products and to carry out obligations of the United States under the international energy program.
  • Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Biden Administration made the largest withdrawal in SPR history to curb oil price spikes.
  • One of the 2024 energy predictions made in January had been that the Biden Administration won't replace more than 10% of the oil removed from the SPR since Biden was inaugurated.


The cancellation of the planned SPR purchases comes at a time when oil prices are rising, impacting market dynamics and national security considerations. This move signifies the government's response to the current state of oil production and the impact on the market.

Do You Know?:

  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR): The largest stockpile of crude oil in the world, developed to diminish the impact of oil disruption emergencies.
  • Bayou Choctaw SPR: A site where three million barrels of oil had been slated for delivery, but the solicitations for this site have been canceled.
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