NPC report outlines US refining, import challenges

Recommendations in the National Petroleum Council's report on refining issues aim at avoiding hindrance to capacity expansion, encouraging investment, and allowing the supply system to operate efficiently.An immediate concern is implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's requirement that highway diesel fuel contain no more than 15 ppm sulfur, which begins to take effect in mid-2006. During the meeting at which NPC approved its refining report, industry officials raised concerns about possibly inaccurate testing procedures and product degradation in delivery systems, which might create supply problems during the transition period (OGJ, Dec. 13, 2004, p. 24).As backgrou...

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