Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Mid-Continent, East, West & Gulf Coast Refiners
  • US & Canadian E&P Companies From Existing & Emerging Plays
  • Midstream Operators
  • Pipeline Companies
  • Investment Banks
  • Trading Firms
  • Logistics Partners
  • Crude Oil Marketing & Distribution Companies
  • Refined Product Marketers (Including Gasoline, Diesel, Distillates, Lubricants, Naphtha And More)

With The Following Job Titles:

CEOs, COOs, SVPs, VPs, Directors, & Heads Of...

  • Marketing
  • Crude Supply & Trading
  • Business Development
  • International Crude Trading
  • Commercial Optimization
  • Logistics
  • Exploration
  • Commercial Development
  • Production
  • Operations
  • Refined Product Marketing
  • Specialty Products
  • Crude Origination
  • Commodities
  • Product Trading
  • Supply Chain


  • Refinery Economic Service Providers
  • Distillate Product Traders
  • Crude Product Trading Companies
  • Refinery Maintenance Services
  • Rail Car Providers
  • Rail Terminal Construction
  • Crude Supply Blenders
  • Crude Supplementary Chemical Vendors
  • Crude Supply Traders
  • Crude Grade Sampling & Testing
  • Deep Conversion Refinery Upgraders

Refinery Crude Slate Strategies 2014

The rapidly increasing production of North American crude oil has led Bloomberg to speculate the US will become the worlds largest producer by 2015.

This exponential growth of light shale crude, the burgeoning Canadian heavy crude production, pipeline projects and the development of the crude by rail network has led to a so called 'golden age of refining'. The advancement of discounted light crude, however, has come against a legacy of refineries configured for heavy oil production.

For refineries to maximize profitability and fully capitalize on these production shifts, current strategies must be adapted. Whether through investment in reconfiguration or adjusting to accommodate incoming crude grades through blending, refiners must re-examine their supply outlook.

On top of this, with existing export regulation giving US refineries uncontested access to advantaged crude, it is now more important than ever for refiners to evaluate refined product differentials and global market access when selecting different crudes. Selection of crude grades is now determined not only by what advantaged crude is available, but by the product yields the grades can provide.

In depth assessment of current and upcoming North American crude grades being produced, as well as the developing supply infrastructure network, is necessary to determine the optimal supply strategy to maximize refinery netback. Furthermore, analysis of international opportunities for the developing US product export market for numerous crude products must be considered when evaluating the business case for downstream investment.

The Refinery Crude Slates Strategy Summit 2014 will address these issues and more, providing unique insights vital to maximizing downstream profitability. As the first ever North American summit examining downstream crude strategy in the wake of enormous production shifts, the forum will scrutinize the relative economics of crude blending against refinery retooling, developing supply sources and global market opportunities for refined product exports.

Day One will begin with an analysis of current and developing shale crude plays in the US, along with the status of the heavy Canadian crude production to determine existing and projected North American production volumes. This will be followed by a region-by-region analysis of specific refining challenges and opportunities across North America, before comprehensively scrutinizing current blending and pipeline developments.

Day Two will evaluate crude pricing differentials to accurately develop forecasts and inform supply strategy, followed by an overview of finished product market projections and developing opportunities further downstream. Providing further in depth analysis of these markets, the forum will then evaluate specific refined product export markets globally, including gasoline, distillates, naphtha and more. Day two will be rounded off with a blue sky thinking session examining economic drivers for crude exports from the US, followed by a panel session examining refinery regulation and its impact on crude slate strategy.


The first ever Refinery Crude Slate Strategies Summit will provide...

...detailed commercial examination of crude supply dynamics with foreign and domestic demand for crude products to inform refinery strategy decisions to maximize product netback.

This unique summit will be addressing:

  • REFINERY VIEWS ON CHANGING FEEDSTOCKS: Refinery capacities and expansion plans to strategically develop crude slates to assess prospects for reconfiguration and identify supply opportunities
  • UPCOMING LIGHT CRUDE PLAYS: Examining the quality and volumes of upcoming light crude plays to strategically develop crude slates, adjust operational strategies and identify areas of potential investment
  • LOGISTICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Contrasting pipeline development projects in North America against alternative logistical methods to assess crude supply economics
  • REFINERY BLENDING: Analyzing The Relative Economics Of Crude Blending Against Refinery Reconfiguration
  • SPECIALTY EXPORT PROJECTS: Evaluating alternative outlets for light crude oil, such as specialty export projects, to take advantage of alternative markets in the wake of domestic oversupply


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