September 2011

Special Report: Refining Developments

Refining outlook: Capacity expansion and rationalization

Many factors are reshaping the global refined products industry, leading to inevitable change

Ruwe, P., Muse, Stancil & Co.

Global refinery construction continues at a healthy rate, driven by growth in the global demand for refined products. Not all regions, however, share the same demand fundamentals. Therefore, as some regions continue to add capacity, in other regions, we continue to see refinery capacity rationalization and restructuring. This of course can be explained by the maturing of the western economies and the continued rapid growth of emerging economies. A deeper look into the fundamental drivers of this capacity expansion and rationalization reveals additional emerging trends that will shape the future of the global refining industry. A little history. Construction of refinery capacity has kept

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