Ethanol Stocks Soared to 23.8M Bbl

Record High Stocks Reported

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By  Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor
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NEW YORK (DTN) -- The Energy Information Administration showed in supply data released midmorning a buildup in U.S. ethanol stocks continued last week, reporting a 1.1 million bbl or 4.8% spike in domestic inventory for the week ended Jan. 19 to a record high of 23.8 million bbl.

The increase was the fourth straight weekly stock build, with inventory 2.1 million bbl or 9.7% higher than year ago.

Stocks rose across all regional PADDs, with PADD 1 East Coast up 400,000 bbl or 5.7% to 7.4 million bbl and PADD 2 Midwest posting a 300,000 bbl or 3.7% increase to an 8.4 million bbl ten-month high. PADD 3 Gulf Coast also saw its supply climb 300,000 bbl or 6.7% to a 4.8 million bbl record high. Stock levels in PADDs 4 and 5 Rocky Mountain and West Coast were up 100,000 bbl each to 400,000 bbl and 2.9 million bbl, respectively.

Domestic plant production was little changed, up 1,000 bpd to 1.062 million bpd last week. Compared with a year ago, plant output was up 11,000 bpd or 1.0%. For the four weeks ended Jan. 19, production averaged 1.038 million bpd, down 11,000 bpd or 1.1% versus year ago.

Net refiner and blender inputs, a measure for ethanol demand, dropped 30,000 bpd or 3.5% last week to 826,000 bpd. Compared to a year ago, blending demand was down 7,000 bpd or 0.8%. For the four-week period ended Jan. 19, blending demand averaged 833,000 bpd, up 2,000 bpd versus a year ago.

(CZ)

Chris Clayton