The Importance of Crude Inventory Management

November 24, 2015

While countless white papers have been published on the importance of inventory management, at refineries across North America it seems the jury is still out. Through the collective experience of the Trindent Hydrocarbon Loss Control practice we’ve witnessed every inventory management structure imaginable. While one refinery will keep the crude tanks filled to capacity in… read more →

The Many Purposes of Hydrocarbon Custody Transfer

November 2, 2015

What’s the purpose of “Hydrocarbon Custody Transfer”? Depends on who you ask! Custody transfer means something different to everyone.

Fundamental Considerations for Managing Inventory Adjustments at Airport

October 9, 2015

The Airline industry focuses on fuel from a standpoint of lowering their price per gallon through purchasing mechanisms and transportation tariffs. However, there is less focus at the airport level through operational excellence. Airlines are prone to jet fuel losses due to inaccurate measurement and inaccurate billing at airport locations. These are driven by deficiencies… read more →

Reformer Optimization and Ethanol Uplift Considerations

July 27, 2015

The need for reformers to support low octane pools has diminished ever since the EPA introduced the requirement of ethanol in gasoline. The greater ethanol content has increased the octane pool dramatically, as ethanol typically has an octane number of ~110. This has caused refineries to re-evaluate the need to run their reformers at maximum… read more →

An Expensive Barrel of Water

July 20, 2015

Extracting sediment and water (S&W) from crude and deducting the percentage of S&W from the total crude purchase is a normal procedure at most refineries. Having the refinery’s laboratory test for S&W is also a common practice at most refineries. What is not common is having the right procedures, tools, and behaviors to eliminate any… read more →

The Case for Customer Diversification for Canadian Crude

July 13, 2015

It is widely known that Canada has an almost exclusive partnership with the United States in terms of crude sales.  But what does this mean exactly for Canada in their negotiating power for crude pricing?  Not much. Historically, Canada has priced their bitumen against West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices due to necessity and customer standards. … read more →

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