May 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Canadian crude to move increasingly southbound

Western Canadian crude production has been growing steadily. Incremental Canadian crude production is expected to be predominately the heavy sour crude grades, with a significant contribution from swe..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Western Canadian crude production has been growing steadily. Incremental Canadian crude production is expected to be predominately the heavy sour crude grades, with a significant contribution from sweet synthetic grades. Existing and potential oil sands projects fall into two broad categories: 1) Those that produce a synthetic crude similar to a conventional light sweet crude; 2) Those that simply produce bitumen, which then must be blended with some type of diluent to enable transport to market. "The first category trades capital risk for comparatively low market risk, whereas the bitumen route exchanges capital risk for a level of market risk that is much greater than the sw

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