U.S. CRUDE SLATE GETS HEAVIER, HIGHER IN SULFUR

Edward J. Swain Bechtel Corp. Houston Historical records of API gravities and sulfur contents of crude oil runs to U.S. refineries show that the quality of the U.S. crude oil pool is worsening. This trend has, of course, been influenced by the increasing capability of U.S. refiners to process heavier and higher-sulfur crudes, the availability of such crudes, and, at times, attractive differentials between them and lighter crudes.

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