Production

As of August 31, 2007

U.S. Refinery Status: Refineries in the nation are operating at 92.1% capacity.

Gasoline: Midwest production is 2,118 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 3.3% from last week.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 898 thousand barrels per day—no change from last week.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 69 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 20.7% from last week.

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

Heating Oil: Midwest production is 23 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 34.3% 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 200 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 5.8% from last week.

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

Supply

As of August 31, 2007

Gasoline: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 46.3 million barrels—2.2% more than last week's inventory level but 3.1% 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 31, the national stock level is 191.1 million barrels.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 21 million barrels—4.5% more than last week's inventory level and 8.8% more than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in the lower half of the normal range.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 5.1 million barrels—2% more than last week's inventory level but 7.3% less than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in the lower half of the normal range.

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

Heating Oil: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 2.4 million barrels—4.4% more than last week's inventory level but 11.1% less than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in the lower half of 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 22.1 million barrels—1.8% more than last week's inventory level and 6.8% more than last month's level. This week's inventory level is at the lower border of 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 31, the national inventory level is 55.2 million barrels. Industry observers believe a 70-million-barrel level for national inventory is adequate prior to the start of the heating season. (The national inventory level was updated from 60 million barrels to 70 million barrels.)

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

Natural Gas: The East Region's inventory, of which Nebraska is a part, is 1,696 billion cubic feet—2.4% more than last week and 126 billion cubic feet above the five-year average. For the week ending August 31, the national inventory level is 3,005 billion cubic feet. Close to three trillion cubic feet is generally considered to be adequate for winter demand.

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

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This report was updated on September 7, 2007. Typically, there is one week between updates.