Gravity and sulfur-based crude valuations more accurate than believed

In the Gulf Coast market, short of sophisticated product-based valuation methods (such as linear-program simulations), gravity and sulfur-based estimates of crude oil valuation are as accurate as product-based valuation.Moreover, gravity and sulfur-based estimates are more consistent and uniform in their accuracy regarding individual crudes than product-based estimates.The use of estimates of crude oil relative value for planning and commercial purposes is pervasive in the oil industry. Businesses usually use one of two common methods for estimating crude oil relative values:Product-based valuation, which considers the differentials in the value of the products that can be refined from va...

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