Re: US DOE Text: To Resume Filling SPR ‘To Capacity

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Right, just as prices are moving up anyway?

Gasoline demand is barely down now, and seems to have gone up over the last month or so?

Funds are buying/rebalancing to keep their allocation at a given % as crude underperformed last year?

OPEC cuts are real as Saudis move to regain control of price as the Masters Inventory Liquidation (finally!) winds down?

The contango in crude is moderating some indicating undesired inventory is fading?

Lower prices have also reduced prospects of new, high cost, supply coming online?

>   On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 11:24 PM, Russell wrote:
>   Saw that today. Sure took their time. I think it
>   will take oil prices higher.

Thanks, was wondering when they’d get around to it.

It only has room for another 25 million barrels, however,

>   On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 3:32 PM, EDWARD
>   wrote:

Congressional Prohibition on Filling Strategic Reserve Ran Out

WASHINGTON (MMNI) – The following is an announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy published Friday:

Oil Acquisition Slated for 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy today announced
that it plans to take advantage of the recent large decline in crude oil
prices, and has issued a solicitation to purchase approximately 12 million barrels of crude oil for the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to replenish SPR supplies sold following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

In addition, DOE is also moving forward with three other SPR
acquisition and/or fill activities in order to fill the SPR as Congress
directed in the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct): refiner repayments of
SPR emergency oil releases following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike; the
delivery of deferred royalty-in-kind (RIK) oil; and the solicitation of
new RIK deliveries in the spring of 2009.

About the SPR:

Currently, the SPR has a storage capacity of 727 million barrels and an
inventory of 702 million barrels (97%) stored in the SPR’s underground
salt caverns located along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas.
Activities to resume SPR fill are taken in accordance with the
provisions of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, which directs that
DOE fill the SPR to its authorized capacity of one billion barrels, and
advances the President’s agenda to increase the Nation’s energy