Following is the text of the weekly Petroleum Status Report from the U.S. Department of Energy:
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged over 14.3 million barrels per day during the week ending February 8, 2013, 121 thousand barrels per day below the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 83.8 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging 8.9 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased last week, averaging just under 4.4 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged over 7.5 million barrels per day last week, down by 56 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports have averaged over 7.7 million barrels per day, 1.0 million 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 611 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 143 thousand barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 0.6 million barrels from the previous week. At 372.2 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 0.8 million barrels last week but remained in the upper limit of the average range. Finished gasoline inventories increased while blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 3.7 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories decreased by 2.5 million barrels last week, but remained well above the upper limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 7.4 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period have averaged just over 18.6 million barrels per day, up by 1.6 percent from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied has averaged over 8.4 million barrels per day, up by 4.4 percent from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied has averaged 3.7 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, down by 1.4 percent from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is 2.2 percent higher over the last four weeks compared to the same four-week period last year.
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