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 15.2 million barrels per day during the week ending January 17, 2014, 515 thousand barrels per day lower than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 86.5% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging 8.5 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased last week, averaging about 4.5 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged over 7.5 million barrels per day last week, up by 655 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports averaged 7.5 million barrels per day, 4.2% below the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 528 thousand barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 191 thousand barrels per day last week.
U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 1.0 million barrels from the previous week. At 351.2 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are in the upper half of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories increased by 2.1 million barrels last week, and are well above the upper limit of the average range. Finished gasoline inventories decreased while blending components inventories increased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 3.2 million barrels last week and are well below the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories fell 3.4 million barrels last week and are well below the lower limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 4.0 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged about 18.8 million barrels per day, up by 2.5% from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged over 8.3 million barrels per day, down by 0.1% from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged about 3.5 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, up by 5.2% from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is up 7.4% compared to the same four-week period last year.