U.S. crude oil inventories increase last week: EIA


By Gao Lu

HOUSTON, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. crude oil inventories increased during the week ending Jan. 15, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report on Friday.

According to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased by 4.4 million barrels from the previous week.

At 486.6 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories were about 9 percent above the five-year average for this time of year.

According to the EIA, total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 0.3 million barrels last week and were about 3 percent below the five-year average for this time of year. Finished gasoline inventories increased while blending components inventories decreased last week.

Distillate fuel inventories increased by 0.5 million barrels last week and were about 8 percent above the five-year average for this time of year.

Propane/propylene inventories decreased by 6.2 million barrels last week and were about 11 percent below the five-year average for this time of year. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 0.7 million barrels last week.

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