MOSCOW (MRC) -- U.S. crude stocks dropped sharply while petroleum products supplied by refiners hit an all-time record despite the rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Energy Information Administration said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Crude inventories fell by 7.2 million barrels in the week to Aug. 27 to 425.4 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 3.1 million-barrel drop. Product supplied by refineries, a measure of demand, rose to 22.8 million barrels per day in the most recent week. That's a one-week record, and signals strength in consumption for diesel, gasoline and other fuels by consumers and exporters.
The four-week average rose to 21.4 million bpd, highest since September 2019. "Total products supplied increased a fair amount. That's surprising to me as we see product demand remaining robust despite some of the Delta variant concerns," said Tony Headrick, analyst at CHS Hedging.
Next week's figures are likely to be skewed by the drop in offshore output due to Hurricane Ida, which has also shut numerous refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. production rose to 11.5 million barrels per day, highest since May 2020, even though weekly output figures are volatile and analysts generally rely more on monthly data from EIA on production.
Refinery crude runs fell by 134,000 barrels per day in the last week, EIA said. Refinery utilization rates fell by 1.1 percentage points in the week as the summer driving season wanes and the less-active turnaround season approaches. Many refiners delayed maintenance last year due to a lack of workers related to COVID-19.
U.S. gasoline stocks rose by 1.3 million barrels in the week to 227.2 million barrels, the EIA said, compared with expectations for a 1.6-million-barrel drop. Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 1.7 million barrels, versus expectations for a 650,000-barrel drop. Net U.S. crude imports fell last week by 45,000 barrels per day, EIA said.
Oil prices remained lower on the day. U.S. crude fell 1.1%, or 81 cents, to USD67.69 a barrel as of 10:53 a.m. EDT (1453 GMT). Brent dropped 74 cents, or 1%, to USD70.90 a barrel.
As per MRC, oil fell on expectations for demand to fall after Hurricane Ida shuttered refiners on the US Gulf Coast, and as producing nations in OPEC+ geared up to meet on Wednesday with the United States calling for suppliers to pump more crude. Brent crude futures for October, due to expire on Tuesday, fell 39 cents, or 0.5%, to USD73.02 a barrel by 11:08 a.m. EDT (1508 GMT). US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 43 cents, or 0.6%, at USD68.78.
As MRC informed previously, crude oil stockpiles fell modestly in early August, while gasoline inventories dipped to their lowest level since November, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Crude inventories fell by 447,000 barrels in the week to Aug. 6 to 438.8 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.3 million-barrel drop. Overall crude inventories have been on the decline for several weeks due to increased demand.
We remind that US crude oil production is expected to fall by 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 to 11.12 million bpd, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a monthly report, a smaller decline than its previous forecast for a drop of 210,000 bpd.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.