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The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) “Today in Energy” brief evaluated how US refineries are processing record amounts of crude oil (Fig. 1), with Midwest and Gulf Co..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) “Today in Energy” brief evaluated how US refineries are processing record amounts of crude oil (Fig. 1), with Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries, in particular, pushing total volumes higher:1 US refineries have been processing record volumes of oil recently. Refinery inputs hit a record high of 16.8 MM-bpd in each of the past two weeks, exceeding the previous record from summer 2005. Refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, in particular, pushed the total US input volume upward, as these refiners’ access to lower-cost crude oil, expansions of refining capacity, and increases in both domestic demand and exports c

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