New Russian export regime will spur ULSD exports

Andrew Reed ESAI Energy LLC Wakefield, Mass. Russia is introducing a new regime of oil export duties that is changing the type of products refiners produce and export to global markets. These reforms, which are prompting refiners to upgrade their plants to produce cleaner products, will reduce margins to their lowest levels in years for many Russian refiners opting not to add to their processing complexity (OGJ Online, Jan. 24, 2014). The profitability of Russian refining under the new oil export duty regime will trigger a wave of Russian 10-ppm ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) exports and will enable Russia to outcompete most other foreign suppliers to Europe, according to a recent study by...

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