Following is the text of the weekly Petroleum Status Report from the U.S. Department of Energy:
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.3 million barrels per day during the week ending September 16, 283 thousand barrels per day above the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 88.3 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production decreased last week, averaging nearly 9.1 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased slightly last week, averaging just under 4.5 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged about 8.4 million barrels per day last week, down by 191 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports have averaged about 8.8 million barrels per day, 469 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 692 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 158 thousand barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) decreased by 7.3 million barrels from the previous week. At 339.0 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are in the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories increased by 3.3 million barrels last week and are above the upper limit of the average range. Finished gasoline inventories decreased while blending components inventories increased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 0.9 million barrels last week and are in the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories increased by 0.6 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 5.3 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period have averaged about 19.2 million barrels per day, down by 0.9 percent compared to the similar period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied has averaged just under 9.0 million barrels per day, down by 1.7 percent from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied has averaged nearly 3.9 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, up by 0.5 percent from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is 3.3 percent lower over the last four weeks compared to the same four-week period last year.
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