Refining & marketing
China's teapots are filling up
16 July 2018
Chinese authorities are giving independent refiners greater freedom to source their own supplies of crude oil
Aramco ploughs ahead
26 June 2018
The jewel in the kingdom's crown is concentrating on downstream joint ventures, as it awaits the IPO go-ahead
Can new upgraders solve Alberta’s differential dilemma?
25 May 2018
The government wants to help ailing oil sands producers by funding new upgraders
Global refining capacity is going to keep growing
24 April 2018
Fast-growing markets are adding more plants and eking out gains at older ones. What's coming on, where, and when?
Refiners and finance: who's winning and where?
20 April 2018
Companies that splurged on sophisticated capacity additions, like Repsol and Tüpraş, and the majors with balanced upstream-downstream portfolios will benefit most
Middle distillates take centre stage
20 April 2018
Oil-product demand, especially for middle distillates, is rising more quickly that processing capacity. It's good news for refiners
China's teapot growth
22 February 2018
The expansion has been boosted by bigger import quotas and a buying alliance
Iran's best foot forward
3 January 2018
The petrochemicals sector seeks to overcome financing and previous mismanagement problems to prepare for its expansion
Latin America's continental contraction
5 December 2017
The region has seen a decade of surging crude consumption come to a crashing halt. Refining woes mean imports are still on the rise
Refining's big expansion
5 October 2017
Teapots are vying with the state giants in China, while India and the Middle East are ramping up
Downstream to the rescue for China
5 October 2017
China's NOCs have had a few difficult years. But restructuring and a modest oil-price recovery are helping
Storms gather for refiners
5 October 2017
Oil will remain the lifeblood of the transport sector for years, but refiners must prepare for its slow demise
Refiners should expect the unexpected
22 September 2017
Trend spotting is easier said than done in the refining sector
End of a golden era for refiners?
22 September 2017
Refiners may struggle to keep making the profits of recent years, but there's life in the sector yet
A clean slate for Gulf refiners
14 September 2017
The region's refiners have less than three years to play their ace card as the IMO implements new sulphur limits on bunker fuel from 2020
India: Product placement
5 July 2017
India is investing heavily in refining capacity to meet rising local demand and boost fuel exports
Refining Saudi Arabia's future
5 June 2017
Saudi Arabia is taking the opportunity of collective oil-production cuts to focus on downstream ventures
China still thirsty
25 January 2017
Forget the rumours, Chinese imports of oil – for refining and strategic storage – are rising again
Margin call
3 January 2017
European refining enjoyed a healthy end to 2016. Opec's production deal should add further support
China - the great moderation
16 November 2016
China's teapot refiners have enjoyed cheap oil prices. But the country's breakneck pace of demand growth will not return in 2017
Margins push global refinery turnarounds 40% lower
24 October 2016
The biggest outages will be in Asia but there are stark regional differences
Margins push global refinery turnabouts 40% lower
14 October 2016
The biggest outages will be in Asia but there are stark regional differences
Expect record global refinery throughput in Q3
21 September 2016
Runs may surge but they won’t match demand growth
Overcooking US gasoline demand
31 August 2016
Has the country been burning more gasoline than ever before? The data paint a confusing picture
Bulging product stocks pressurise refinery margins
3 August 2016
Profits for processing crude into refined products have fallen far from last year’s highs. Europe in particular is feeling the pressure
Now for the glut
5 July 2016
Petrochemical supplies are still rising but demand growth is less certain than it was