September 2014

Special Report: Refining Developments

What is the impact of US shale oil on global markets and refinery configurations?

One of the most important factors in determining a refinery’s profitability is its ability to access low-cost feedstocks. This is not to be confused with survivability. Some uneconomic refineries..

Ruwe, W. P., Barela, A. B., Jacobs Consultancy

One of the most important factors in determining a refinery’s profitability is its ability to access low-cost feedstocks. This is not to be confused with survivability. Some uneconomic refineries will continue to operate for political or strategic reasons. Low-cost crude may determine survivability in a competitive environment. US Gulf Coast (USGC) refineries are good examples of where the availability of lower-cost tight/light shale oils is enhancing margins and competitiveness. The challenge for refiners today is how to take advantage of these low-cost feedstocks when many refineries have invested heavily and have been configured to maximize the use of heavier crude oils. RECENT HI

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