Stuck in the Midland with You – Update on Plans to Relieve Permian Bottlenecks

By Robert Auers and John Auers We last covered the issue of Permian takeaway capacity in November 2017 here.  At that time we predicted that Permian production wouldn’t hit 3.3 MMBPD until the end of 2018, and as a result,

In Nationalizing Transmountain, the Canadian Government tells British Columbia to go “Love Yourself”

By Robert Auers For today’s blog, we chose a song by everyone’s favorite Canadian – Justin Bieber.  By purchasing the existing Transmountain pipeline and the Transmountain expansion project last week from Kinder Morgan for C$4.5 Billion, the Canadian federal government

“End of the Line” – Will Higher Prices Put an End to Booming Global Product Demand?

By John Auers and Brian Mason There certainly has been a lot of big and (in some cases) very surprising developments in the petroleum industry over the past week.  While hints that the Saudi’s and Russians were preparing to increase

Memorial Day 2018 – Honoring Our True Heroes

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt.   While this quote was issued well before most of us were born, it is as true today

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – Gulf Coast Refiners Struggle to Find Heavy Crude

By John Auers and Robert Auers Much has been written (including in this blog) about the impacts of the U.S. Light Tight Oil boom.  It has caused massive changes in all segments of the petroleum industry.  In the upstream, U.S.

“We Gonna Rock Down to Electric Avenue” or Maybe Not – Electrical Vehicles (EVs) Might Not Be So Green After All

By Robert Auers and John Auers We’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks reviewing the refinery construction landscape and how that might impact the supply side of the refined product markets.  Today, we move over to

“Come Together” – Marathon Andeavor Merger Continues Industry Trends

By John Auers and Robert Auers It just so happened that I was Iistening to a Beatles tune when I received a text that Marathon Petroleum was acquiring Andeavor in a mega refining deal just over a week ago.  While

“The Asphalt Jungle” – Another Market Impacted by IMO Regulations

By John Mayes and John Auers The move to low sulfur bunker fuel coming in 2020 as a result of new regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been a frequent topic of this blog.  Certainly, the markets most

“Start Me Up” – Refinery Construction Outlook Part 5: FSU

By Robert Auers and John Auers Over the previous weeks, we have reviewed the refinery construction landscape in several regions around the world including North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Today, we finish this series focusing on the

“Start Me Up” – Refinery Construction Outlook Part 4: Latin America

By Robert Auers and John Auers Over the previous weeks, we have reviewed the refinery construction landscape in several regions around the world including North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Today, we move back to the Western Hemisphere to focus

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