Cetane

Shale gas drives new opportunities for US downstream

Maller, A., Dharia, D., Gbordzoe, E., Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology; Lambert, N., Axens

This shift to lighter feeds for the SC will reduce the future availability of other petrochemical feedstocks—in particular, propylene.

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

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, disco..

HP Industry Metrics

Mid–October crude oil prices slumped as the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced a slight increase in global oil demand by 700 Mbpd. In contrast, oil production is forecast to increase by ..

HP Industry Perspectives: More waves for marine fuels

The outlook for heavy fuel oil is not optimistic. New fuel specifications for marine bunker fuels under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI regula..

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

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..

Overcome the imbalance between diesel and gasoline production

Wisdom, L., Axens; Peer, E., Craig, M., Perat, C., Axens North America

A number of strategies can be applied to increase the overall product selectivity to middle distillates.

HP Viewpoint: Refining industry developments—Growing opportunity and uncertainty

Drevna, Charles T., American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

The U.S. has seen a dramatic change in energy production in just a relatively short period. Crude oil output has increased by about 55% in the last five years, according to data from the Energy Inform..

Case history: Modernization of Russia’s refining industry—Part 2

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Galkin, V. V., Makhiyanov, V., Gazprom Neft

Russia’s refining industry is set to make major changes to improve profitability and produce cleaner transportation fuels. Such changes will enable the refining industry to export cleaner fuels t..

Case history: Modernization of Russia’s refining industry—Part 1

Levinbuk, M., RAS, A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Galkin, V. V., Makhiyanov, V., Gazprom Neft

Russian laws governing transportation fuels and crude oil have undergone many changes. These regulatory changes will involve the revamping of Russia’s refining industry. At present, this nation h..

Which margin levers impact Group I and Group II base stock competitiveness? Part 1

Moncrieff, I., Kline and Co., Inc.

As much as the lubricants industry might wish it otherwise, base stocks production is becoming more commoditized, and it is intertwined inextricably with mainstream refining operations. The vast major..