Watch the Opportunity Crudes Management Seminar (OCMS) series on July 1, 2017.

Opportunity Crude Management Seminar (OCMS)

Come to check out our 45-minute tutorial videos on challenges and opportunities of processing opportunity crudes or price-advantaged crudes

Provide the latest information and insightful knowledge that allows you to make better and informed decisions at work

The OCMS series is free-of-charge, but registration is required. Sign up today by clicking here

The title of the first monthly seminar starting on July 1 is "What's in your crudes?"

Discuss the sources of non-metal contaminants (e.g. S, N. Cl, P, and methanol) in crude oil focusing on problems and the latest analytical techniques and equipment

The next seminar will be on metal contaminants.

Syncrude upgrade maintenance extended. 2017-06-22

Suncor Energy Inc. said ongoing maintenance work at its 350K-b/d Syncrude upgrader in northern Alberta has been extended...

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$45/bbl: red line for US shale production. 2017-06-21

US shale producers may have outdone themselves—again. As WTI prices dipped below $45/bbl, sources wondered whether generous capex hikes ...

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Heavy crude OSPs reverse course in April. 2017-04-25

Official Selling Prices (OSPs) for select heavy grades were set lower for April, following several months of upward momentum. Iranian Heavy remained at the top of the chart...

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Complete list of OCMS topics:

  1. What's in your crudes?
    (Part 1: non-metals and Part 2: metals)
  2. Do you have the right stuff (crude cuts)?
  3. We are not compatible
  4. Crude blending 101: assay and simulation
  5. Look-alike vs dumbbell crudes
  6. A lot of problems: fouling and corrosion
  7. You are corrosive: naphthenic acids, high TAN crudes
  8. Don't take it lightly: challenges in processing LTO
  9. Getting heavy: Concarbon, asphaltenes
  10. What about BoB (Bottom of the Barrel)?
  11. Taking care of the bottoms
  12. Mismatch: crudes and refinery configuration.

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New Products

Integration of Delayed Coker and Hydrocracker

In order to reduce fuel oil, natural gas, and fuel gas consumption along with a reduction in CO2 emissions, some refiners are...Read more

Futures prices

Prices below are settled prices at the end of yesterday or last trading day

US coking, cracking margins slide in Feb. 2017-04-25

Coking and cracking margins on the Gulf Coast dropped in Feb., following two months of increases. Also, coking and cracking margins...

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White papers

A keynote presentation by Guy Caruso of CSIS.

Market Insights

We've seen this movie before

Even as OPEC reported that its members had achieved their targets, the group saw trouble on the horizon in light of rising stock inventories not only in the US, but also in Europe....Read more

Trends and Statistics

What's the most popular crude grade in the world?

Geographically, oil quality is different in various regions, though medium and sour grade was predominant on a worldwide basis from 2000 to 2015...Read more



Unit revamps
  • Gazprom Neft completes modernization of AR deep conversion complex. The Russian firm has announced that it has completed a RUB 6B ...More
  • L&T Oman wins EPC contract for Sohar coke facility. Larsen & Toubro Oman has announced that ...More
  • KBR to license ROSE technology to Shell refinery. Royal Dutch Shell will license a ROSE® ...more

New Products
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  • XPLORER-NS analyzer by TE Instruments can measure simultaneously total sulfur and total nitrogen of refinery feedstock ranging from low ppb's to high ppm's, yet the analyzer is the smallest in today's market. For more information, visit here