North American production boom pushes crude blending

John R. Auers John Mayes Turner, Mason & Co. Dallas Rapid growth of US and Canadian crude oil production in recent years is exceeding the capacity of pipeline infrastructure to deliver crudes to refiners, causing some crudes to become "stranded." As a result, these stranded crudes have been priced well below competing grades with better market access. This situation has created several problems along the crude oil supply chain of producers, midstream operators, and refiners. Among these difficulties is the blending of distressed grades to produce mixes that replicate more expensive waterborne crudes, such as Alaska North Slope, Arab Light, and others. This has created the po...

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