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Total petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, in April rose 3.6% from April 2015 to average 19.7 million bpd. These were the highest April deliveries in eight years, since 2008. “April continued this year’s trend of record gasoline demand thanks to low prices,” said Erica Bowman, API Chief Economist. “Record high crude oil stocks, the highest since 1920, contributed to the record high gasoline consumer demand for the month of April.”

Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer gasoline demand, rose 2.5% from April 2015 to average nearly 9.4 million bpd – the highest April deliveries on record. Distillate deliveries averaged just above 4 million bpd, up 1% compared with April 2015.

Crude oil production fell 7.8% from April 2015 to average 8.9 million bpd in April, the lowest output level in 20 months. Natural gas liquids (NGL) production, a co-product of natural gas production, rose from prior year. NGL production in April averaged 3.3 million bpd, 0.7% higher than last year. This was the highest April output level on record.

US total petroleum imports in April averaged 9.9 million bpd, up by 6.7% from the prior year. Crude oil imports increased 8% from April 2015 to 7.8 million bpd. Gasoline production for the month of April averaged 9.8 million bpd, up 0.2% from the prior year. The April 2016 gasoline output was a record high for the month. Distillate production in April fell from the prior year to the lowest April output level in three years. Distillate fuel production in April fell 4.7% from April 2015.

Refinery gross inputs fell 0.9% from April 2015 but remained the second highest inputs for the month of April, averaging 16.4 million bpd in April. Production of all four major products: gasoline, distillate, jet fuel and residual fuels; was higher than demand for those products, so refined products were exported. Exports of crude oil and refined petroleum products increased 2.5% from year ago levels to average nearly 5.1 million bpd. This was the highest April export level ever. Refinery capacity utilisation rate averaged 89.4% in April, down 2.6 percentage points from the prior year. API’s latest refinery operable capacity was 18.315 million bpd.

Crude oil stocks ended in April at 540.6 million bbls – the highest April inventory level on record since 1920. Crude stocks rose 11.8% or 57.3 million bbls from the prior year. In April, motor gasoline stocks ended at 239.8 million bbls, up by 5% from prior year. April’s motor gasoline stocks were the highest inventory level for the month of April for 29 years, since 1987. Distillate fuel oil stocks rose 21.7% from April 2015 to end at 157.0 million bbls – the highest April inventory level in 35 years, since 1981. Jet fuel stocks rose 10.9% from the prior year to end at 42.6 million bbls.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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