Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the Week Ending November 22, 2013
U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged about 15.6 million barrels per day during the week ending November 22, 2013, 104 thousand barrels per day higher than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 89.4% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging over 9.4 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production increased last week, averaging 5.0 million barrels per day.
U.S. crude oil imports averaged over 7.7 million barrels per day last week, down by 145 thousand barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports averaged 7.7 million barrels per day, 3.5% below the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 710 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) increased by 3.0 million barrels from the previous week. At 391.4 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories increased by 1.8 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 decreased by 1.7 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories fell 1.4 million barrels last week and are below the lower limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 1.6 million barrels last week.
Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged over 20.1 million barrels per day, up by 5.9% from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor