Production

As of August 18, 2006

U.S. Refinery Status: Refineries in the nation are operating at 92.8% capacity.

Gasoline: Midwest production is 2,124 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 0.4% from last week.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Diesel: Midwest production is 854 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 10.5% from last week.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Heating Oil: Midwest production is 61 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 14% from last week.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Propane: Midwest production is 199 thousand barrels per day—no change from last week.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Supply

As of August 18, 2006

Gasoline: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 48.6 million barrels—1.9% more than last week's inventory level but 2.4% less than last month's level. This week's inventory level is below the normal range. The Energy Information Administration maintains a benchmark for national stocks at 200 million barrels. As of August 18, the national stock level is 205.8 million barrels.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 21.4 million barrels—2.9% more than last week's inventory level but 0.9% (or 200,000 barrels) less than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is below the normal range.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Heating Oil: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 4.4 million barrels—2.2% less than last week's inventory level and 6.4% less than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is below the normal range.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Propane: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 25.1 million barrels—2.9% more than last week's inventory level and 10.1% more than last month's level. This week's inventory level is above the normal range. The Energy Information Administration estimates 25 million barrels in storage by the end of September to be a benchmark for the Midwest. As of August 18, the national inventory level is 62.7 million barrels. Industry observers believe a 60-million-barrel level for national inventory is adequate prior to the start of the heating season.

(Source: Weekly Petroleum Status Report, Energy Information Administration)

Natural Gas: The East Region's inventory, of which Nebraska is a part, is 1,639 billion cubic feet—3% more than last week and 202 billion cubic feet above the five-year average. For the week ending August 18, the national inventory level is 2,857 billion cubic feet. Close to three trillion cubic feet is generally considered to be adequate for winter demand. To reach three trillion cubic feet, 143 billion cubic feet would have to be injected into storage between now and the end of October.

(Source: Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report, Energy Information Administration)

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This report was updated on September 1, 2006. Typically, there is one week between updates.