Following is the text of the weekly Petroleum Status Report from the U.S. Department of Energy:
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged about 16.1 million barrels per day during the week ending September 13, 2013, up by over 200 thousand barrels per day from the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 92.5 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production rose from the previous week, averaging 9.3 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production was up slightly last week, averaging about 5.1 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged about 7.6 million barrels per day last week, down by 439 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports averaged over 8.1 million barrels per day. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 492 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 90 thousand barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) decreased by 4.4 million barrels from the previous week. At 355.6 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are nearing the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 1.6 million barrels last week and are in the upper half of the average range. Finished gasoline inventories and blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 1.1 million barrels last week and remain near the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories decreased by 0.1 million barrels last week and are in the middle of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 6.1 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged 19.1 million barrels per day, up by 2.9 percent from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged about 8.9 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged 3.8 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, up by 10.8 percent from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied averaged 1.5 million barrels per over the last four weeks, up 4.4 percent compared to the same four-week period last year.