32 Kansas Cities Have Gas Prices Under $2 Per Gallon;
State Ranks 10th Lowest in America
June 20, 2017 – Average gas prices in Kansas continue their steady decline as summer officially begins. This week’s statewide average of $2.10 per gallon is five cents lower than last week at this time. On May 30th, 2017, the average gas price in Kansas was $2.21.
Kansas’ average gas price registers 10th lowest in the nation for the third week in a row. Motorists in 32 Kansas communities are now enjoying average prices of $1.99 per gallon or less, led by Burrton, Haven and Inman at $1.92
Of the 10 regularly reported Kansas cities (see chart below), nine saw price decreases in the past week; Hays remained the same. Emporia experienced the largest price decrease, falling 9 cents to $2.07. Wichita fell 7 cents in the past week to $2.02 and comes in as the 16th lowest metro area in America.
This week’s Kansas cities with the state’s gas price extremes are:
HIGH: Hill City – $2.41
LOW: Burrton, Haven and Inman – $1.92
At 56 percent of gas stations nationwide, consumers can find gas for less than $2.24, which is below today’s national average gasoline price of $2.29/gallon. Across the country, gas prices dropped in all but four states on the week. Prices in South Carolina have fallen below $2/gallon, while California is on the cusp of dropping below $3/gallon. The national average gas price has dropped for 18 consecutive days making today’s price five cents cheaper than both one week and one year ago, and six cents less than one month ago.
While gasoline demand saw new heights for Memorial Day, it has dropped for the first half of June. Meanwhile, high oil production rates in the U.S., coupled with news from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that Libya and Nigeria increased output last month, could lead to gas prices across the nation continuing to fall through the end of June.
Great Lakes and Central States Region Summary
As gasoline inventory rises for a second straight week, the region is seeing gas prices continue to drop compared to one month and one year ago. According to the EIA, inventory in the region sits just north of 55 million bbl, which is 4 million bbl more than this time last year.
The region continues to reap the benefit of seeing significantly cheaper gas in most states: Ohio (-38 cents), Indiana (-33 cents), Michigan (-28 cents), Illinois (-24 cents), Wisconsin (-18 cents) Kentucky (-16 cents) and Iowa (-9 cents). The remaining states in the region – Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota – are seeing a moderate drop in gas prices compared to last year, on average four cents year over year. Growing inventory and mediocre demand will allow consumer to continue to reap the benefit of cheap gas prices.
Gas Price Trends in Select Kansas Cities
Bordering states and rank in lowest gas prices around the country
Oil Market Dynamics
Still rebounding from last week’s losses, the price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude opened at just under $45 today. Last week, reports from IEA and OPEC revealed that global crude inventories are still growing. Adding to the oversupply, Libya and Nigeria, which are exempt from OPEC’s production cuts agreement, improved their output by 178,000 and 174,000 b/d, respectively, according to OPEC’s June report. Libyan production is now close to 800,000 b/d – the highest it has been since 2014 – while Nigeria could contribute an additional 200,000 b/d in the near future. Moreover, IEA’s monthly report stated that it expects non-OPEC production for 2017 to grow by 700,000 b/d, with the U.S. leading the way. All of this news left market watchers wondering what steps are needed to reduce supply in the market. Until global crude inventories decline, the price per barrel will likely remain below $50.
Last week, Baker Hughes, Inc. reported that the number of oil rigs has grown in the U.S. for another record-breaking week. After 22 weeks of continued growth, the U.S. now has 747 active oil rigs. Sustained growth in the production sector will lead to more oil in the pipeline for gasoline and other distillates production by refineries. Even as summer gasoline demand grew in previous weeks, it wasn’t a match for the rising tide of crude. It may be only a matter of time before market participants grow impatient with weak rebalancing efforts, leading them to undertake more drastic measures to bring the global supply of oil closer to the demand for refined products. Until then, drivers stand to benefit from the imbalance between oil production and gasoline refinery rates, which continues to push down the price of gas.
AAA Mobile App
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