Category: Refinery

Do Things Really “Go Better With Coke?”

This week’s blog is by Stuart Ehrenreich, director of Cascade Resources and Consulting.  Petroleum coke…when I mention that is the business I’m in during a cocktail party conversation I get some puzzled looks.  Some Hollywood types think it’s some sort

“Workin’ for a Livin’” – The U.S. Workforce Competitive Advantage

By Ryan M. Couture As we reflect on the Labor Day here in the U.S., it is important to remember all the workers who make this industry possible.  While Huey Lewis sung about “Workin’ for a Livin’” many of us

“King of All the World” – U.S. Refiners Still on Top, but for How Long?

By Ryan M. Couture and John R. Auers Over the last several years, U.S. refiners have climbed to the top of the global refining mountain, facilitated by both new developments and advantages that have been decades in the making.  This

“Ridin’ the Storm Out” – Will Hurricane Season Rebalance the Gulf?

By Ryan M. Couture and John R. Auers Our heartfelt condolences go out to those in southern Louisiana who have lost so much in the past couple of weeks to the “Storm with No Name.”  Despite the relative lack of

“Cruel Summer?” – Refining Margins Stumble despite Record Gasoline Demand

By Ryan M. Couture and John R. Auers Back in February, we took a look at how refiners and integrated majors fared in 2015, the first full year since oil prices cratered.  In fact, while that year was very difficult

Born in the U.S.A. – Diesel in the land of “The Boss”

By Ryan M. Couture and John Auers In last week’s blog, we looked at the rapidly changing global market environment for diesel and other distillate based fuels.  The dramatic drop in oil prices over the past two years has certainly

It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Bunker – Part 2: Winners and Losers

By John Auers and John Mayes In last week’s blog, we provided some background on the mandate by the International Maritime Organization to reduce the global sulfur level in bunker fuel from 3.5% to 0.5%. In addition, we discussed how

Finally! Renewable Fuel Standards Set for 2014, 2015 and 2016

By: Tom Hogan and John Auers For all of the folks waiting with bated breath for the renewable fuel standards that were supposed to be set one to two years ago, they have arrived!  While they are not earth- shattering,

“The Wolf of Wolfsburg” – The Volkswagen Diesel Scandal and What It Means for the Future of Diesel – Part 3

Authors: Ryan M. Couture and John Auers Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at how the “Wolf” has brought to the forefront the “dieselization” of passenger vehicles and the potential problems with that strategy.  The reported admission by VW

“The Wolf of Wolfsburg” – The Volkswagen Diesel Scandal and What It Means for the Future of Diesel – Part 2

Authors: Ryan M. Couture and John Auers It seems as if there are new developments every day in the story of how Volkswagen circumvented U.S. emissions regulations.  In our blog last week, we began our own look at the VW

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