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Refinery Complexity – A cost metric that does not indicate value

Refinery Complexity – A cost metric that does not indicate value

Report summary

Complexity indices provide useful cost metrics in determining a refinery's capability to convert crude oil to higher value refined products but their use is limited in assessing the commercial implications of an investment or transaction decision.

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  • Introduction
  • Cost Indices
    • Table 1: Selected Nelson Farrar Process Unit Indices
    • Figure 1: European Refinery Complexity Profile (2013)
    • The refinery with the highest complexity score is Eni's Livorno facility, due to large relative size of its lubricant facility. The sporadic operation of this site during 2013, due to poor economics, highlights the weakness of complexity as a metric of competitive postion.
  • Cost and Value Relationship

In this report there are 4 tables or charts, including:

  • Introduction
  • Cost Indices
    • Refinery Complexity – A cost metric that does not indicate value: Table 1
    • Refinery Complexity – A cost metric that does not indicate value: Image 1
  • Cost and Value Relationship
    • Figure 2: 2013 European Refinery Complexity and Net Cash Margin (individual asset analysis)
    • Figure 3: Net Cash Margin and Refining Complexity Correlation (2013 and 2007)
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