OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported ethanol production in the United States rose for a fourth consecutive week through Oct. 21, up nearly 2% to a 12-week high while blender inputs continued higher and the overall stock level increased.
Domestic ethanol production rose 17,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.022 million bpd as of Oct. 21, the highest output rate since the final week of July, yet 6.6% below the same time in 2021. Four-week average production at 967,000 bpd was 86,000 bpd lower than the corresponding four weeks last year.
Midwest ethanol production also rose for a fourth straight week, up 13,000 bpd or 1.4% to 974,000 bpd, the highest rate of plant output since the last week of July.
EIA reports domestic blending activity increased 7,000 bpd to 915,000 bpd, 2,000 bpd higher than the same week in 2021.
Refiner and blender net inputs through Oct. 21 along the East Coast PADD 1 climbed 5,000 bpd to 332,000 bpd on the week while 3,000 bpd higher in PADD 2 at 249,000 bpd, up 1,000 bpd in Gulf Coast PADD 3 to 153,000 bpd, and flat along the West Coast PADD 5 at 150,000 bpd.
Total ethanol stocks added about 500,000 barrels (bbl) or 2.3% to 22.3 million bbl in the week profiled, 12.1% higher than the same week in 2021.
East Coast ethanol inventory eased roughly 1,000 bbl to 7.3 million bbl last week, while Midwest stocks held at 8.1 million bbl in the week ended Oct. 21.
Gulf Coast ethanol inventory rose roughly 400,000 bbl to 3.9 million bbl while West Coast stocks added about 100,000 bbl to 2.7 million bbl.
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