US Oil inventories fall by 4.045 million barrels


US Oil inventories fall by 4.045 million barrels

US Oil inventories fall by 4.045 million barrelsOn Tuesday 31th august 2021 the American petroleum institute (API) declared a decline
by 4.045 million barrels in crude stockpiles by the week ending August 27
th, yet crude stockpiles fell by more than 62 million barrels in 2021, according to data by the API.

Analysts expected a decline of 2.833 million barrels throughout the week.

Last week the API declared a lower by 1.622 million barrels, down analysts’ expectations by 2.367 million barrels.

The API declared that gasoline stocks rose by 2.711 million barrels by the week ending August 27th compared with last week’s drop by 985.000 barrels.

Distillate stockpiles fell by 1.961 million barrels throughout the week, compared with last week’s decline by 245.000 barrels.

This week Cushing stockpiles rose by 2.128 million barrels, after last week’s drop by 485.000 barrels.



  1. Oil prices for the week
  2. Oil production weekly rates
  3. OPEC’s decisions to increase crude oil production
  4. Oil companies preparations before Ida hurricane


Oil prices for the week

On Tuesday Oil prices declined before OPEC’s meeting to decide on the short term shape of the oil market,
OPEC is discussing its plan to provide an extra 400.000 barrels daily to the market every month. 

West Texas Intermediate crude declined 0.95% by Tuesday afternoon before data publishing.

West Texas intermediate reached 68.80$ in trades before midday (one-dollar rise in the week),
Brent crude fell 0.56% to 73$ a barrel on the day.


Oil production weekly rates

While American stockpiles continued to drop, the American oil crude production rose to 11.4 million barrels for the second week in a row.)

OPEC’s decisions to increase crude oil production

OPEC supplies the biggest amount of crude oil since April 2020, according to Reuters,
after OPEC allies agreed on decreasing OPEC’s reductions by 400.000 barrels per day every month from August.

OPEC of 13 members produce 26.93 million barrels per day in August, by 210.000 BPD rise compared with predicted production of July,
according to Reuters OPEC source’s surveys, petroleum companies sources and advisors,
and trucks tracking data Although OPEC increased its production of oil, profits were low than expected due to the cut in production in member countries.

This rise in production follows OPEC’s decision on July 18th to supply an extra 400.000 BPD monthly from August till OPEC lifted all production reductions of 5.8 million barrels per day. OPEC agreed to extend the deal from April 2020 to December 2022.

The ten members of OPEC sticking to the agreement share 253.000barrels daily of the monthly rise in OPEC’s production of 400.000 barrels per day,
according to OPEC’S numbers, by Reuters.

The biggest oil producers in the gulf raised their production in August, Saudi Arabia,
the biggest oil producer provided 180.000barrels of daily supplies, according to Reuter’s survey;
it was the biggest rise amongst OPEC members.

Iraq as the second oil exporter in OPEC raised its exports, while the United Arab of Emirates which opposed OPEC at the meeting raised its production by 40.000 BPD in accordance with its monthly share.

The cut in production in Nigeria and Libya restricted OPEC supplies to the market, according to the report.

Shell declared on August 15th the strongest exports of Forcados from Nigeria as it witnessed the biggest loser in an offer of 100.000 barrels per day.

Libya as not included in OPEC’S reductions witnessed a lower in production in August because of the leak in a pipeline at the beginning of the month.


Oil companies preparations before Ida hurricane

Oil production biggest companies in the Mexican gulf evacuated workers on sea platforms on Thursday,
some stopped production of oil and gas before the tropical storm Ida which is predicted to produce a hurricane in the gulf in the next few days.

Companies spokespersons mentioned to Reuters that Chevron, Shell, Bp, BHP, and Equinor evacuated workers of sea platforms.

Shell, Bp, and BHP suspended production on platforms.

Equinor r’s officials mentioned to Reuters that the company is preparing to evacuate workers on the Titan platform.

Chevron and BHP evacuated the non-essential staff. On Thursday chevron continued the production to its levels.

Refineries on the gulf coast are preparing themselves for bad weather circumstances, but operations were ordinary till Thursday.

The national hurricane centre mentioned in a warning late on Thursday that the centre of the tropical storm is expected to cross over the southeast and centre of the gulf by Fridays and Saturdays at midnight.

The hurricane is expected to approach the gulf coast of the USA by Sunday.

The maximum speed of wind is expected to be nearly 40 miles per hour and extensively blew.

Ida is expected to cross over the southern east of the Mexican gulf in a couple of days;
the centre added that Ida would be in its entire power when it approaches the northern gulf coast.

Ida is the ninth storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricanes season this year.

In June oil producers companies evacuated their employees, the Mexican gulf producers evacuated employees before June’s storm,
Occidental Petroleum and Chevron were amongst the companies that conducted the evacuation operations of platforms.

Last year the season witnessed more than 30 storms, most of them hit the oil and gas shore sector,
forcing nearly 90% of production capacity to close beside the capacity of refining on the gulf coast.

US Oil inventories fall by 4.045 million barrels