U.S. REFINERS TO SEE RISING TIDE OF MIDEAST OIL

Middle East crude will become increasingly important in U.S. refiners' feedstock mix through the 1990s, a study of world oil markets through 2005 predicts. With U.S. oil consumption rising about 1.3%/year during the rest of the decade, while U.S. oil production continues to fall at 2-3%/year, Bonner & Moore Associates Inc. (BMA), Houston, says volumes of imported crude entering U.S. markets could reach 7.8 million b/d by 2000, up from about 6.7 million b/d in 1993.

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