Changing crudes, fuel standards will drive future refining investment

Premcor Inc., St.Louis, completed its new 80,000 b/d coker at the end of 2000. Designed to process Mexican heavy crude, this project is one example of the US trend towards refining heavier crudes. Photo by Mieko Mahi, courtesy of Premcor Inc.Click here to enlarge imageFuture worldwide refining investment will be in response to three trends in the industry: heavier and increasingly sour crude oil processing, greater need for desulfurization, and the reduction of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) use in the US. Especially in the US, refiners are making lighter fuels with heavier crudes. Widening light and heavy crude price differentials and higher crude prices encourage refiners to run l...

Why Register?

Non-subscribers can only view whitepapers by providing name, home and email address, phone number and other information and comment on/rate articles.

Why Subscribe?

Oil & Gas Journal subscribers with login credentials can access these premium features of OGJ Online:

  • Current Issue – an html version of the current week's issue of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • Past Issues – An Electronic OGJ Archive. A keyword-searchable archive of all issues of Oil & Gas Journal dating back to 1990; also searchable by issue date.
  • Market Journal – a weekly round-up of the oil and gas markets, with observations from leading analysts.
  • Editor's Perspective – a short article of insight and opinion by the Editor of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Industry Stats – quick access to current industry statistics from Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Survey Downloads - quick access to exclusive reports from Oil & Gas Journal.


Subscriber Help or Subscribe

Oil & Gas Journal Subscribers: Have your subscription number (from the mailing label on the cover of your Oil & Gas Journal) and e-mail address ready to set up your online account through Customer Service Assistant.

If you're not an Oil & Gas Journal subscriber, start a subscription and gain access to the subscriber areas of OGJ Online now.

Stay Connected