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HP Viewpoint: US shale revolution set to spill over into downstream

The US shale boom is rapidly changing from an upstream story to a broader energy evolution with increased margins migrating to midstream and, more particularly, to downstream. In downstream oil, disco..

England, J., Deloitte LLP; Mittal, A., Deloitte Services LP

The US shale boom is rapidly changing from an upstream story to a broader energy evolution with increased margins migrating to midstream and, more particularly, to downstream. In downstream oil, discounted domestic crude oil prices have revived the US refining sector, while, in downstream gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters and petrochemicals manufacturers are benefiting from abundant supplies of relatively low-priced natural gas feedstock. This repeat of supply-side revolution in the downstream holds great potential for companies to create value, but the industry needs to collectively address and monetize this opportunity. Downstream oil enjoys a bonanza A few years ago, return on

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