Integration seen as best business model for US refining-marketing

Adapted from a presentation at the Sept. 13, 1999, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association board of directors meeting.The current state of the US refining industry is well-documented and widely acknowledged by those who participate in it and by the array of observers and analysts that follow it.Thus it could go without saying that refining of crude oil and marketing of related products is part of a changing energy culture. Words such as consolidation, chaos, and turbulence have become part of the standard glossary for discussing a downstream segment marked by low margins, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).It is not possible to correctly predict the nature of the successf...

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