Crude Oil: USA and OPEC’s Higher Oil Reserves Press Oil Prices
03 May 06:08 AM
As of April 27th 2012, the oil supply to US refineries reached 14.7M barrels a day, which was 230K b more than a week before. The refining capacity increased up to 86%. The production of gasoline saw almost no changes as compared to the previous week - 8,8M b/d. The production of distillates declined by 4.1M b/d week-over-week.
Over the last 4 week the oil import reached 8.7M b/d, which was 15K b/d more as compared to the same period a year ago. Last week’s total gas import was equal to 777K b/d. Last week’s total import of distillates was equal to 91K b/d.
The US oil reserves increased by 2.8M b up to 375.9M b, which is the7-month high. The gasoline reserves shrank by 2M b. The total reserves of distillates declined by 1.9M b while the total oil reserves increased by 1.9M b.
The demand for oil products was estimated at 18.8M b/d during the last 4 weeks. This is 1.7% less than a year ago. The demand for gasoline reached 8.7 b/d over the same period. This is 4.7% less than a year ago. The overall consumption of oil products was lower than a year ago.
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