Production

As of July 20, 2007

U.S. Refinery Status: Refineries in the nation are operating at 91.7% capacity.

Gasoline: Midwest production is 2,100 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 0.1% from last week.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 725 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 8.6% from last week.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 90 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 36% from last week.

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

Heating Oil: Midwest production is 36 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 44% from last week. Beginning June 1, 2007, refiners were required by an EPA rule to begin production of non-road, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel (NRLM) that meets a maximum sulfur level of 500 ppm. The rule does not include diesel fuel for home heating, industrial boiler, or stationary power uses or diesel fuel used in aircraft. As a result, stock builds of heating oil could be rare this summer, as refiners concentrate on making low sulfur or ultra-low sulfur diesel.

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

Propane: Midwest production is 215 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 0.9% from last week.

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

Supply

As of July 20, 2007

Gasoline: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 48.9 million barrels—no change from last week's inventory level but 0.4% 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 July 20, the national stock level is 204.1 million barrels.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 19.5 million barrels—6.7% less than last week's inventory level and 8.5% less than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is below the normal range.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 4.8 million barrels—7.7% less than last week's inventory level and 20% 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 2.8 million barrels—7.7% more than last week's inventory level and 16.7% more than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is below the normal range. Beginning June 1, 2007, refiners were required by an EPA rule to begin production of non-road, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel (NRLM) that meets a maximum sulfur level of 500 ppm. The rule does not include diesel fuel for home heating, industrial boiler, or stationary power uses or diesel fuel used in aircraft. As a result, stock builds of heating oil could be rare this summer, as refiners concentrate on making low sulfur or ultra-low sulfur diesel.

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

Propane: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 20 million barrels—5.8% more than last week's inventory level and 16.3% more than last month's level. This week's inventory level is in 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 July 20, the national inventory level is 47.9 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 1,455 billion cubic feet—4.2% more than last week and 153 billion cubic feet above the five-year average. For the week ending July 20, the national inventory level is 2,763 billion cubic feet. Close to three trillion cubic feet is generally considered to be adequate for winter demand. To reach three trillion cubic feet, 237 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 July 26, 2007. Typically, there is one week between updates.