Published on Thursday, September 1 2022
Authors: Eamon Cullinane

In the race for renewable diesel facilities to come online and capture incentives for low-carbon fuel markets, pressure has been building on the supply and pricing of the feedstock market for biomass-based diesel. To expedite start-ups, facilities such as Marathon Dickinson and P66 Rodeo began production without pretreatment units, requiring…

Published on Thursday, June 23 2022
Authors: John Mayes

Administration Calls for Increased Refinery Production are Ill-Informed On June 14, President Biden sent a letter to the executives of seven oil companies: Marathon, Valero, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP, and Shell.  In the letter he chastised the companies for having high profit margins at a time of war and…

Published on Tuesday, June 25 2019
Authors: John Auers and Robert Auers

Most of the news out of the Latin American downstream sector in recent years has been pretty disappointing regarding both existing operations and expansions.   Of course, this bad news for South of the Border refiners has been real good news for U.S. refiners.  It has been a major factor in…

Published on Monday, June 10 2019
Authors: George Hoekstra

Written by: George Hoekstra, guest writer Mr. Hoekstra retired from BP in 2009 after working 35 years in refinery process research with Amoco and BP. Since then, he has worked as an independent consultant specializing in hydroprocessing technology.  His company does independent pilot plant testing, laboratory testing, field testing, and…

Published on Tuesday, May 28 2019
Authors: Sam Davis

We continue our blog series reviewing highlights from the Q1 earnings calls. In last week’s blog, we focused on U.S. Independent Refiners who reported lower profits from weak gasoline cracks and narrow crude differentials. This week’s blog provides highlights from the earnings calls of Canadian Integrated Refiners, who collectively enjoyed…

Published on Tuesday, April 30 2019
Authors: Robert Auers and John Auers

As the struggle to build much-needed pipeline capacity from Alberta proceeds, further delays continue on both of the two largest proposed projects out of the region – Transmountain (TMX) and Keystone XL (KXL).   TMX, which would provide 590 MBPD of additional capacity to the Vancouver area on the Pacific Coast,…

Published on Tuesday, April 23 2019
Authors: Robert Auers and John Auers

In many ways, the evolution and chart success of the various releases of the Doobie Brothers, “Long Train Runnin’”, tracks the experience of Crude-by-Rail (CBR) in North America.  The DB classic was originally an untitled tune which was periodically included in live performances for a number of years before it…

Published on Tuesday, April 16 2019
Authors: John Mayes and John Auers

There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks and months about the “mismatch” between the type of crude which is being produced and the design capabilities of existing refineries and proposed expansions.  While light shale producers continue to surprise on the upside, heavy crude production has been declining…

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