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Oil market recap: Week ending 12th January 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

PIRA Energy Group’s analysis of oil market fundamentals for the week ending 12th January 2014 has revealed the following:


Crude oil fundamentals improved throughout the Midcontinent in December, with stocks declining at Cushing, Patoka, West Texas, the Rockies, Western Canada and the Gulf Coast.

Product stocks

  • Production impacts due to cold weather are likely to be severe in the oilsands of Alberta and rural areas of North Dakota. Weather is also affecting truck and rail deliveries.
  • Total commercial inventories increased over the past week, with a decline in crude oil more than offset by an increase in products. Meanwhile, crude runs remain high.
  • Reported demand was down, largely due to the New Year’s holiday.
  • Stocks built on figures for the same week last year, so the year on year stock deficit widened.


  • Ethanol prices fell the week ending 27th December, due to reduced demand for gasoline blending.
  • Ethanol inventories in PADD 2 were the highest since May.
  • US ethanol production commenced the year with a rise to 919 000 bpd from 913 000 bpd.
  • The manufacture of ethanol blended gasoline decreased for the second consecutive week, having reached a record 8.856 million bpd during the week ending 20th December 2013.


  • Japan experienced a sharp drop in crude stocks and relatively weak demands to start 2014. This has led to a strong build in finished product stocks.
  • The overall balance in total commercial stocks rose 1.1 million bbls from end of December figures.
  • Data is expected to normalise over the next week or so, with demand rebounding for all major products.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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