June 2004

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Complex US gasoline market to experience 'pivotal year'

The US is one of the largest and most complicated gasoline markets. New gasoline specifications have substantially removed flexibility to produce transportation fuels for this market. Analysts with De..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US is one of the largest and most complicated gasoline markets. New gasoline specifications have substantially removed flexibility to produce transportation fuels for this market. Analysts with DeWitt & Co. view 2004 as a ?pivotal year? for the refining and perhaps the petrochemical industry for several reasons: The US refining industry must face a series of new specifications involving steep sulfur reductions in gasoline. New low-sulfur specifications will limit the number of foreign gasoline producers capable of exporting fuel products to the US market. Recent bans on MTBE in several RFG-consuming states (California and New York) will require refiners

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