TECHNOLOGY Secondary processes key to gauging U.S. refining capability

Tancred Lidderdale, Nancy Masterson Energy Information Administration Washington, D.C. Nicholas Dazzo Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. New York City Utilization rates for crude oil distillation no longer correlate well with refining gross margins. This relationship suggests that an alternative way to measure refining capacity and utilization is needed to properly assess the effect of growing demand on market prices and sources of supply. A focus on the capacity and utilization of downstream processes may provide a better indicator of potential constraints in refining capacity. A more complex analysis could expand the scope to include foreign refiners in a global view of petroleum mar...

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