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US oil production reaches all-time high, crude stocks surge by 10.2 million barrels last week.

US Crude Stockpiles Surge, Production Hits Record High

US crude stockpiles reach eight-month high

Last week, US crude stockpiles soared to their highest level in eight months, increasing by over 10 million barrels. This surge was attributed to a decline in exports and reduced processing by refineries due to maintenance. Meanwhile, the US, as the world’s largest producer of crude oil, achieved a new record high in daily production, reaching 13.2 million barrels.

Crude inventories exceed expectations

According to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), crude inventories rose by 10.176 million barrels in the week ending October 6. This marked the largest weekly increase since mid-February, surpassing analyst predictions of a draw of 1.4 million barrels. In the previous week, inventories had seen a draw of 2.224 million barrels.

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US crude production hits unprecedented levels

What stood out even more than the surge in crude inventories was the EIA’s estimate of crude production. The agency reported that production reached a record high of 13.2 million barrels per day, an increase of 300,000 barrels compared to the previous week. This production level surpassed the previous peak of 13.1 million barrels, achieved just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020.

Crude exports and refinery runs decline

While the rise in crude stockpiles was significant, it was accompanied by a decline in crude exports and refinery processing. Crude exports fell by almost 2 million barrels per day, reaching 3.067 million barrels, compared to the previous week’s level of 4.956 million barrels. Refinery runs also dropped by nearly 2%, operating at 85.7% capacity due to maintenance activities.

Implications of lower exports and refinery runs

The combination of reduced exports and refinery operations contributed to the substantial build in crude stockpiles. This situation raises concerns about the overall demand and supply dynamics in the oil market. However, the EIA has been optimistic about US crude production in recent months, citing increased efficiency in output despite a decline in active oil rigs.

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Gasoline and distillate inventories

While crude inventories rose, gasoline stocks experienced a decline of 1.313 million barrels, following a significant build the previous week. On the other hand, distillate inventories fell by 1.837 million barrels. Gasoline and distillates are vital fuel products in the US, used in various sectors such as transportation and aviation.

Overall, the surge in crude stockpiles and record-high production levels reflect the ever-changing dynamics of the oil market. The impact of reduced exports and refinery operations on market stability remains a point of concern. As the US continues to navigate these challenges, it is crucial to closely monitor developments in the energy sector.

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