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Bridget Hunsucker, Senior Editor
September 11, 2014
Two companies plan to build new North Dakota Bakken rail loading terminals, even though existing facilities are underutilized and outbound pipeline capacity is expanding. The proposals are a sign that investors apparently still consider rail infrastructure valuable in the shale play. By 2016, Bakken...
Colin Halling, Director, Oil Market Publications
September 10, 2014
Crude inventories at the Cushing, OK hub increased last week after falling steeply the previous week, as both the front-month WTI and Brent contracts continued to trade below the $100/bbl mark. Pipeline outflow from Cushing fell sharply - particularly on the TransCanada Gulf Coast pipeline. This line saw...
Martin Wahl, Product Management Consultant
September 04, 2014
Genscape monitors the biofuels industry for changes and trends, and we discovered a lot of new activity for U.S. ethanol facilities over the past twelve months. Ethanol production in the U.S. has grown significantly since the downturn in 2012 as shown in the accompanying charts. Some of the significant...
Hillary Stevenson, Manager, Supply Chain Network
September 02, 2014
Last week, changes in refinery demand strongly influenced Cushing, OK oil stocks. For week ending Aug. 22, the market was expecting a Cushing build partially due to reduced oil flows to CVR’s 115,700 bpd Coffeyville refinery. And that is exactly what happened. Genscape reported a Cushing build of...
Bridget Hunsucker, Senior Editor
August 28, 2014
The recent announcement of a Midcontinent crude pipeline may spark new interest about the fate, and possible reversal, of the 1.2 million b/d, but famously underutilized, Louisiana-to-Illinois Capline Pipeline. And its construction could dampen crude-by-rail unloadings at St. James, LA. Plains All...
Suzanne Evans, Senior Product Manager, Oil, Genscape & Kathy Hall, Exec. Director, PetroChem Wire
August 20, 2014
The boom in U.S. ethane supplies, thanks to the proliferation of drilling in shale gas plays, has prompted the U.S. petrochemical industry to expand steam cracker capacity and build entirely new crackers. This new capacity is ethane-fed, and access to plentiful ethane supplies could position the U.S. as...
Colin Halling, Director, Oil Market Publications
August 20, 2014
Last week’s sizable slowdown in monitored throughput on TransCanada’s Gulf Coast pipeline out of Cushing has continued the recent gradual restocking trend at the key Oklahoma storage hub, leaving October WTI crude futures still trading well below the $100 per barrel mark. Genscape measured...
Brian Busch, Director, Oil Market & Business Development
August 18, 2014
Genscape has seen significant builds in crude oil inventory at Cushing, OK, over the past two weeks, reporting increases totaling over 2,000,000 barrels since Aug. 4, ending six months of destocking. The market reacted to the latest inventory measurement with WTI trading off by as much as $1.00 in the hour...
Paulo Nery, Senior Director, EMEA Oil
August 18, 2014
Whilst West African crude oil price differentials versus Brent have been collapsing to record lows over the past few months, overall exports have remained incredibly steady. Genscape’s tracking of WAF cargos showed that July exports were up 4.8mn bbls compared to the previous month, and have...
Hillary Stevenson, Manager, Supply Chain Network
August 15, 2014
Reports of an early restart at CVR’s 115,700 bpd Coffeyville refinery raised WTI prices by $0.15 briefly Aug. 14. Genscape market alerting quickly provided the refinery’s correct operational status and returned WTI pricing to the downward trend seen previous to the erroneous restart report....

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