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EIA: US crude oil stocks surprisingly up after five weeks

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 25/01/2021 (09:16)
According to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on January 22, commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) surprisingly increased by 4.4 million barrels to 486.6 million barrels for the week ending January 15.

This marked the first weekly increase in oil stocks after five straight weeks of decrease.

US Crude Oil Stocks

US crude oil inventories are about 9% above the five year average for this time of year. The figure was 1% higher from the previous week.

Net US Crude Oil Stocks - Working Storage Capacity

Despite the weekly increase, the ratio of net stocks (held at refineries and tank farms) to working storage capacities was unchanged from the previous week at 53% for the week ending January 15.

Net US Stocks Percent of Working Storage Capacity

Oil inventories at six main storages followed divergent paths. To illustrate, stock levels at the Cushing, Oklahoma decreased by 7% while East Coast hub saw a 6% increase in oil stocks.

Stock levels at Gulf Coast and West Coast storages were up by 1% from the previous week, the EIA revealed. In the meantime, Midwest oil hub witnessed a 1% drop in stocks while Gulf Coast witnessed no change in stock levels.
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