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U.S. stocks (million bbl)

Crude

Crude Cushing

Gasoline

Jet Fuel

Total Distillate

Heating Oil

Week ending Sept. 8, 2017

468.24

59.05

218.31

40.37

144.55

10.88

Week ending Sept. 1, 2017

462.35

58.03

226.74

39.13

147.77

10.85

Week-on-week change

5.89

1.02

-8.43

1.23

-3.22

0.04

Meanwhile, distillate inventories fell by 3.22m bbl, compared with expectations of a 1.5m bbl draw.
Data also showed that refinery crude runs kept falling
week-on-week, by 394,000 barrels per day, while U.S. refinery utilization rates were down 2 percent, still reeling from
the outages caused by Hurricane Harvey.
At about the same time period, November Brent was trading at $54.48 per barrel, up 21 cents, while October West
Texas Intermediate (WTI) was trading at $48.67 per barrel,
up 44 cents.
By Sept. 5, there were reports of some refineries preparing for restart, but no chemical plants. Valero's 395,000
bbl/day Port Arthur refinery was being assessed for restart,
while its refineries at Houston, Three Rivers, Texas City
and Corpus Christi were ramping up production by Sept. 4.
Also on Sept. 4, ExxonMobil said it would begin to restart
its Baytown refinery and chemical site, plus part of its
Beaumont site.
Expectations were that a gradual ramping up of chemical
capacities was likely over the second half of September, but
a return to normal levels of production could be weeks or
months away.

One south China-based trader told ICIS, concerning unspecified chemicals or products: "We had received the news
from American producers - they were set to talk with their
customers about the cancellation of products. And there
seemed no hope of business coming back to normal in the
rest of this year."
Economists and analysts are debating the long-term impact of the storm. Although there should be some stimulating effect on demand from the reconstruction of damaged
property and infrastructure, the fact that Houston, the
country's fourth-largest city, stalled for several days will cost
the nation in terms of lost gross domestic product.
The total bill could exceed the cost of 2005's Hurricane
Katrina, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. In a public
statement, he said, "Katrina caused, if I recall, more than
$120 billion [in damage], but when you look at the number
of homes and business affected by this, I think this will cost
well over $120 billion, probably $150 billion to $180 billion."
Taylor is senior editor manager for ICIS. She may be
reached at 713-525-2607 or judith.taylor@icis.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings November 2017

LETTER FROM THE CEO
INSIDE ILMA
Company Callout
WHAT’S COMING UP
In the Know
INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
International Insight
Market Report
SHIFTING GEARS – INNOVATING THE FUTURE
NORTH AMERICAN SPECIFICATION UPDATE
DIGITAL MARKETING IN MANUFACTURING
BUSINESS HUB
COUNSEL COMPOUND
WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
IN NETWORK
Member Connections
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 1
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 2
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - INSIDE ILMA
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 5
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - Company Callout
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 7
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - WHAT’S COMING UP
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 9
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 11
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - International Insight
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 13
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - Market Report
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 15
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - SHIFTING GEARS – INNOVATING THE FUTURE
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 17
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 18
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 19
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 20
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 21
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 22
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 23
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - NORTH AMERICAN SPECIFICATION UPDATE
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 25
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 26
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 27
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - DIGITAL MARKETING IN MANUFACTURING
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 29
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 30
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 31
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - BUSINESS HUB
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 33
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - Member Connections
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ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 38
ILMA Compoundings November 2017 - 39
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