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 16.1 million barrels per day during the week ending December 6, 2013, 25 thousand barrels per day higher than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 92.6% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased slightly last week, averaging 9.0 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production increased last week, averaging about 5.3 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged about 6.9 million barrels per day last week, down by 947 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports averaged about 7.6 million barrels per day, 7.2% below the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 671 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) decreased by 10.6 million barrels from the previous week. At 375.2 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 6.7 million barrels last week, and are above the upper limit of the average range. Both finished gasoline inventories and blending components inventories increased last week. Distillate fuel inventories increased by 4.5 million barrels last week but are at the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories fell 1.7 million barrels last week and are well below the lower limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 4.7 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged just about 19.7 million barrels per day, up by 4.0% from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged about 8.8 million barrels per day, up by 2.6% from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged 3.8 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, up by 0.9% from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is up 6.1% compared to the same four-week period last year.
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