U.S. Oil Stockpiles Declined by 4.6 Million Bbl – October 5

In the recent Energy Information Administration petroleum report there is an analysis of the ongoing rise in the deepwater production in the Gulf of Mexico and how this method has taken over and sharply affected the crude oil market in the U.S.

Here is a weekly review for the week ends on September 30th of the U.S. oil and petroleum market:

Crude oil Stockpiles

U.S. Petroleum and crude oil stockpiles sharply fell last week by 4.6 million barrels, or by 0.26%; this shift came after the slightly climbed in the previous week. For the week ending on September 30th petroleum and crude oil stockpiles reached 1,770.5 million barrels.

U.S. Ending Stocks of crude oil also declined by 4.6 million barrels and reached 1,032.2 million barrels; U.S. Ending Stocks of Total Gasoline slightly declined by 0.53% compared with last week’s stocks; it reached 213.729 million barrels. U.S. Ending Stocks excluding SPR of Crude Oil reached 336.284 million bbl – a weekly decrease of 4.68 million bbl.

The chart below shows the petroleum and oil stockpiles levels compared to the WTI crude oil price during 2010 and 2011. In recent weeks, petroleum and oil stockpiles had a downward trend, along with the sharp falls in WTI crude oil price. During 2011, the lagged linear correlation between WTI oil price and current oil stockpiles was -0.132.

Weekly U.S. Ending Stocks Crude Oil and WTI spot oil price 2011 October 5

Petroleum production and imports (for the week of September 30th)

U.S. production rose last week; oil imports inclined; crude oil refinery inputs decreased last week.

The four week average of U.S. production (million of barrels a day) for the week of September 30th reached 5.597, which is slightly higher by 0.7% compared with the previous week’s; it is 0.8% above the average production at the same week in 2010;

Crude oil imports inclined last week by 0.5% to 8.824 (for 4 week average) compared to the week of 23/9/2011; they were 2.7% below the average during the same time last year.

The crude oil refinery inputs (4 week average) reached 15.153 (million b/d), a decrease of 0.6% compared with the previous week of 23/9/2011, but were 3.0% above the same time last year.

Below is a detailed recap of the information listed above (for the week of September 30th):


Crude Oil Production and Imports Crude Oil Refinery Inputs 2011 October 5

Crude oil price, Gasoline and Diesel prices for the week ending on September 30th

The average U.S. gasoline retail price sharply fell for the fourth straight week, last week by seven cents per gallon compared with the previous week’s average; it reached $3.43 /g, which is $0.70 /g higher than the same week in 2010.

The national average Diesel prices also declined by four cents compared with the previous week; it reached $3.75/g. which is $0.75/g higher than last year’s average price at same time.

 A detailed analysis of crude oil prices for the week ending on September 30th is herein.


Propane stocks inclined last week by 1,247 thousand barrels – a 2.22% increase – reaching 57.473 million barrels.


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