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Oil market recap: week ending 9th March

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


  • Crude stocks fell sharply in Cushing, Oklahoma, and PADD II in February.
  • For the first time this year, both crude oil and petroleum product stocks built over the past week.
  • Crude stocks are now 17.5 million bbls below last year.
  • US propane stocks built for the last week of February.
  • A seven week low of 894 000 bpd of ethanol was manufactured the week ending 28th February.
  • Ethanol inventories fell by 413 000 bbls to 16.6 million bbls, the lowest since early January.


  • Total commercial stocks dropped partially due to draw on crude.
  • Finished product stocks also fell.
  • The indicative refining margin was modestly lower but remains near statistical means.

Latin America

  • Refining capacity is not expected to show any relevant expansion in 2014 so that production of both gasoline and diesel/gasoil will remain relatively steady compared to last year.
  • Local demand growth for diesel/gasoil will be met entirely by imports and imports of gasoline will grow while net exports of fuel oil will decline.

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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