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Multi-Client Strategic Report

Publication date:March 2017
Item#: C01600

Major challenges now facing refiners amid market uncertainty: What crudes to buy? What products to make?

Recent industry views:

A trying time for refiners

Despite efforts by OPEC and non-OPEC producers to cut output, the global market remains unstable in the foreseeable future. There are many factors which are not controllable and predictable, e.g.  fast recovery of rather resilient US shale plays , geopolitical tension, and strength of US dollar, to name a few.

Lessening reliance on traditional suppliers, refiners nowadays are reaching farther to purchase and process different crudes around the world. With oil price volatility, buying price-advantaged or opportunity crudes—often poorer quality—on a spot market has become a common practice in order to maintain profit margins. However, the savings sometimes turn into challenges for refinery operations (e.g. corrosion, fouling, and catalyst poisoning), reliability, and even safety.

At the same time, refiners are facing demand shift in diesel and residual fuel oil markets because of the "diesel vehicle emission scandal," International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s lower sulfur bunker fuel oil mandate in 2020. Also high-octane gasoline is in high demand in emerging economies, thereby creating export outlets for US and European refiners.

Our just published select-client strategic report entitled, Novel Strategies of Processing Price-advantaged Crudes in a Volatile Oil Market, is designed to help refiners who are facing difficult decisions on selection of discounted crudes and making of products in demand amid unsteady price trends.

Major topics include:

Therefore, this 800+page comprehensive study is written to help refining clients tackle many challenges and identify unique opportunities in the fast-changing, uncertain conditions so that they can maintain profitability, stay ahead of the competition in good and bad times, and sustain business in the long run.

Order today, take advantage of a special discount—good until October 31, 2017. The regular price is US$10,500.00.

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Individual Use Multiple Users/Library/Site license
Subscription Type Electronic version Print version Others Contact for pricing
Pricing (US $) $9,500.00

This Report is sold for the exclusive use of the subscribing companies and their employees. No other use duplications, storage in a retrieval system, transcriptions in any form or in any language or by any means of this Report or any part contained therein is permitted without written consent from Hydrocarbon Publishing Company, P.O. Box815, Paoli PA 19301-0815 (USA).

petroleum refining, oil price volatility, oil market rout, spot purchases, oil trading, unconventional oil, conventional oil, opportunity crudes, shale oil, light tight oil (LTO), look-alike crudes, dumbbell oil, fouling, corrosion, incompatibility, changing crudes, product demand shift, crude management, crude blending, bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading, tight oil processing, high TAN oil, FCC, hydrotreating, hydrocracking, alkylation, catalytic reforming, isomerization, coking, visbreaking, resid hydrocracking