May 2018

Trends and Resources

Business Trends: Refining margin time series evaluation

Refining margins can be calculated using several different methodologies.

Larraz, R., CEPSA

Refining margins can be calculated using several different methodologies. Regardless of which method is used, refining margins are a key indicator of the facility’s performance. Three main parameters determine refining margins: oil price, product price and refinery costs. This month’s Business Trends section proposes a refining margins time series analysis to understand a refinery’s capability to face different economic environments. Refining margin time series evaluation In the past 10 yr, the refining industry has been exposed to a disparate set of scenarios, from the huge profits of the “Golden Age” to refinery closures. Today, refiners struggle to survive in a world of uncertain and vo

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