Production

As of September 21, 2007

U.S. Refinery Status: Refineries in the nation are operating at 86.9% capacity.

Gasoline: Midwest production is 2,058 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 5% from last week.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 778 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 5.8% from last week.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest production is 62 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 6.9% from last week.

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

Heating Oil: Midwest production is 52 thousand barrels per day—an increase of 27% 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 182 thousand barrels per day—a decrease of 4.2% from last week.

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

Supply

As of September 21, 2007

Gasoline: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 48 million barrels—1.4% less than last week's inventory level but 0.6% more 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 September 21, the national stock level is 191.4 million barrels.

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

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 21.7 million barrels—6.4% more than last week's inventory level and 3.3% more than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in the normal range.

Low Sulfur Diesel: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 5.3 million barrels—1.9% more than last week's inventory level and 3.9% more than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in the normal range.

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

Heating Oil: Midwest (or PADD II) inventory is 2.7 million barrels—6.9% less than last week's inventory level but 12.5% more than last month's level. This week's distillate inventory level is in 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 22.9 million barrels—0.9% more than last week's inventory level and 3.6% more than last month's level. This week's inventory level is at the bottom boundary 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 September 21, the national inventory level is 58.9 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 1,831 billion cubic feet—2.5% more than last week and 101 billion cubic feet above the five-year average. For the week ending September 21, the national inventory level is 3,206 billion cubic feet. Close to three trillion cubic feet by November 1 is considered adequate for winters demand under most conditions.

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

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This report was updated on September 27, 2007. Typically, there is one week between updates.