Replacing ANS crude

Shipping Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Mexican, or Saudi crude to the US West Coast to replace Alaskan North Slope (ANS) crude makes no economic or logistical sense. Your article on this point was entirely accurate (Market Watch, OGJ Online, Aug. 9, 2006). There is undoubtedly pressure on BP to stretch out or defer the shutdown of Prudhoe Bay field to minimize any disruption at West Coast refineries.It’s not a national problem, as long as there are no hurricanes disrupting Gulf of Mexico production at the same time, but it is definitely a regional problem. The West Coast refineries are isolated from the rest of the US and, in fact, most of the major exporting regions. Rearranging 400...

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