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Prospect of new pipeline capacity in Louisiana rattles rail, barge operators

Louisiana could be the site of the next wave of pipeline expansions, which might be a boon for refiners there, but other midstream players could find themselves on the outside looking in, depending on the origin of the crude on the lines. Southern Louisiana has long been a Gulf Coast toehold for crude-by-rail or crude-by-barge operators who can’t compete with the plethora of pipelines pointed at the Houston area. Especially with the take-or-pay structure that supports large pipeline projects,...

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Oil is everywhere: naphtha in the Bible, and alkylate on Amazon

It might be the most interesting thing I’ve learned in 2.5 years of covering energy. Oh, sure, there’s plenty of drama every time the nation’s largest economy, California, goes into theatrics over gasoline supply. It’s still a marvel how a pipeline can keep gasoline and diesel separate with nothing more than a little tweak in pressure. And it seems like every time someone sneezes too loud, the price of gasoline in Chicago goes up by 5 cents. Then someone dropped...

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The Oil Big Five: No slowdown for oil

High summer can often be seen as a slow period, when the heat and prospect of a holiday can make it hard to work up the effort to make news. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is in full force, and luckily for us, news is also heating up in the world of oil. This is the August (and slightly belated) version of The Oil Big Five, brought to you by our oil analysts and editors around the globe, from Houston to London to Singapore. So, as we do every month, we present our list of the biggest oil...

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Australian may buck a trend with new Queensland oil refinery

Australia’s aged refining sector has shrunk by more than half over recent years, but at least one small local player appears to want to buck the trend with ambitions to fill a niche market on the country’s northeast coast. According to local press reports, privately owned Australian minnow Casper Energy, headed by Brisbane-based businessman Duncan Mackenzie, has teamed up with Nevada outfit Eagle Ford Oil and Gas Corp. on plans to build a small oil refinery in the central...

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