Following is the text of the weekly Petroleum Status Report from the U.S. Department of Energy:
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 14.8 million barrels per day during the week ending October 12, 70 thousand barrels per day above the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 87.4 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging over 9.0 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production increased last week, averaging nearly 4.5 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged over 8.3 million barrels per day last week, up by 126 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports have averaged about 8.1 million barrels per day, 785 thousand barrels per day below the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 530 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 85 thousand barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 2.9 million barrels from the previous week. At 369.2 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories increased by 1.7 million barrels last week and are in the lower half of the average range. Of the increase in total motor gasoline inventories, almost all of it was due to an increase in blending components inventories. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 2.2 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories decreased by 1.3 million barrels last week, but remained above the upper limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 2.7 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period have averaged 18.8 million barrels per day, which is the same level compared to the similar period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied has averaged nearly 8.7 million barrels per day, down by 2.3 percent from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied has averaged about 3.9 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, down by 4.2 percent from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is 2.3 percent higher over the last four weeks compared to the same four-week period last year.
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