February 2015

HPI Focus: The Green Refinery

What are the possible impacts on US refineries processing shale oils?

No singular event has had as significant an impact on the quality of refinery feedstocks as the shale revolution. Not only are shale crudes, such as Eagle Ford and Bakken, generally lighter than other..

Mayes, J. M., Turner, Mason & Co.

No singular event has had as significant an impact on the quality of refinery feedstocks as the shale revolution. Not only are shale crudes, such as Eagle Ford and Bakken, generally lighter than other domestic and foreign light grades, but the sheer magnitude of the output will force grade substitutions with heavier crudes. This “lightening” of the crude slate will present numerous processing problems to refiners, as well as significantly alter product yields. As a result of these changes and the related activities in the production of NGLs, the US will likely be transformed from the world’s largest liquid product importer (2005) into the world’s largest product exporter

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