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A look at current propane inventory conditions
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For the fourth week in a row, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a below-average build in U.S. propane inventory. The build was 1.579 million barrels; compare that with 1.655 million barrels, the five-year-average build for week 26 of the year. Once again, the EIA estimated propane exports at 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), and that was the key reason another light inventory build occurred.

However, propane markets did not rise following the report. In fact, both Conway and Mont Belvieu prices fell. The inventory miss really wasn’t that big, and last week there was more of a downward correction in crude underway.

What’s more, propane inventory is at record highs.

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Last year, the highest inventory position the EIA reported was 81.612 million barrels. However, that inventory was not reached until mid-October. At 83.547 million barrels, current inventory is already 1.935 million barrels higher than that level. There should be at least 13 or 14 more weeks of inventory builds.

Even at the current four-week trend of below-average inventory builds, 90 million barrels of inventory would be easily reached. What’s more, we know propane retailers are getting a lot of really good deals on spot loads, and many are taking advantage of the fire-sale prices. We will speculate that means more secondary (retail level) and tertiary (customer level) storage is getting filled. If that theory turns out to be true, then we could also see slow draws on inventory this fall.

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Obviously, propane demand will be picking up from this point through the end of the year. Crop drying, winter heat load, petrochemical use and increased export capacity will all be chipping away at inventory levels. But if the mountain of inventory that’s being built now is going to be chipped away, all of the demand areas had better plan on coming early and staying late.


Propane prices gained slightly for the week. Continued light inventory builds were supported. However, weaker crude and high inventory levels limited the upside.

Crude prices slipped as technical, geopolitical and fundamental factors all conspired to put downward pressure on prices. How crude trades this week will depend on the outcome of the Greek referendum on whether to accept outside financial support, and the progress on the Iran nuclear talks.

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