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Houston — US ethanol production averaged 1.081 million b/d in the week ended June 28, a 9,000 b/d increase compared with the previous week and the first rise in production in three weeks, Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday.

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Production was up 14,000 b/d or 1.3% year on year. Production was at the high end of market expectations.

Total stocks rose for the first time in six weeks, adding 1.277 million barrels or 5.9% week on week to 22.844 million barrels, with four of the five defined regions showing builds. Inventories were 869,000 barrels higher year on year. The increase in stocks was far above market expectations.

Midwest inventories showed the largest gains, adding 511,000 barrels or 6.7% week on week to 8.108 million barrels, the highest inventory level for that region in four weeks. The Midwest is host to the largest number of ethanol plants in the US.

East Coast inventories added 381,000 barrels or 5.3% week on week to 7.525 million barrels. Stocks in the Gulf Coast region rose 276,000 barrels to 4.089 million barrels. The Gulf Coast is the most common origin for ethanol exports from the US.

West Coast stocks rose by 129,000 barrels to 2.760 million barrels, the largest build on the week. The EIA reported no imports on the week.

The four-week rolling average of the refiner and blender net ethanol input was 4,000 b/d higher at 948,000 b/d, while the weekly average fell 4,000 b/d to 947,000 b/d.

The four-week rolling average of gasoline demand, represented by product supplied, rose by 13,000 b/d to 9.691 million b/d, while the weekly average rose by 26,000 b/d to 9.492 million b/d.

The four-week rolling average of the ethanol blending rate, calculated by dividing the refiner and blender ethanol input by gasoline demand, rose 0.03 percentage points to 9.78% from 9.75%.

-- Wesley Swift, wesley.swift@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Alisdair Bowles, newsdesk@spglobal.com