A Tale of Two Markets

Alberta Oil - - CONTENTS -

When it comes to re­fin­ing, Western and Eastern Cana­dian markets might as well be different coun­tries.

When it comes to markets for re­fined prod­ucts, Western and Eastern Canada might as well be different coun­tries. Both con­nect more closely to their U.S. coun­ter­parts than to each other. Ge­og­ra­phy, cli­mate, mar­ket size and lo­ca­tion, and the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of re­fined prod­ucts all play a role. When it comes to re­fin­ery feed­stocks, trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and up­grad­ing ca­pac­ity are key fac­tors.

From pro­posed ul­tra-low car­bon re­finer­ies in British Columbia, to a gas-to-liq­uids project in Al­berta and Canada’s big­gest re­fin­ery on the At­lantic coast, Cana­dian re­finer­ies and their re­lated fa­cil­i­ties are as di­verse as the ter­rain and time zones their pipe­lines cross.

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