July 2000

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The upswing in U.S. gasoline prices is partially due to a tightness in gasoline supply, particularly in the Midwest, explains the American Petroleum Institute (API). The majority of that region's refo..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The upswing in U.S. gasoline prices is partially due to a tightness in gasoline supply, particularly in the Midwest, explains the American Petroleum Institute (API). The majority of that region's reformulated gas is blended with ethanol because of its ready availability. However, this RFG is more difficult to produce because the hydrocarbon portion must have lower evaporative properties to accommodate ethanol's higher evaporative qualities. This has contributed to lower supplies in the Midwest. In addition, the region is a net importer of gasoline. When a major pipeline suffered a leak and was shut down for five days, inventories were severely reduced in the market. Meanwhile, U.S. refiners

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