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WTI-WCS blowout: Midwest maintenance exposes downstream bottlenecks

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17 October 2018

WTI-WCS blowout: Midwest maintenance exposes downstream bottlenecks

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A strong maintenance season in the US Midwest refining market has exposed downstream bottlenecks linked to WCS transport to market through the Enbridge and Express systems, taking the WTI-WCS spread higher than $50/bbl. The Midwest is a large sink Canadian heavy crude and excess supply from reduced crude runs is overwhelming infrastructure capacity to clear supply into the Cushing and USGC market. This insight explores the infrastructure dynamics exaggerating the market access issue for WCS producers today and provides an outlook for WCS pricing going forward.

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