US to Release Reports on Crude Oil Export Issues

Posted by Eric Haun
Monday, August 18, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration plans to release two reports in September examining some of the issues surrounding a potential end to the nation's decades-old ban on most crude oil exports, the EIA's chief said on Monday.

Some lawmakers have pressed the EIA, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, to provide analysis on the implications of relaxing or abolishing the ban, as debate over the future of the moratorium has intensified.

The EIA's upcoming reports will focus on the impact to U.S. gasoline prices at the pump from changing domestic and global oil markets, and on the costs of building different types of crude oil refining units in the United States.

EIA administrator Adam Sieminski said the report on gasoline would not specifically weigh in on whether crude oil exports would raise U.S. gasoline prices, but it would provide an analysis of whether domestic gasoline prices are determined more by world or U.S. oil markets.

"The goal would be to try to understand: if Midwest oil prices go up, is that going to change gasoline prices in the U.S." as well, Sieminski told reporters at a workshop on EIA data.

The report on constructing refinery projects will delve into the costs of building equipment such as stabilizers and splitters.

The focus on refining infrastructure has increased after the Commerce Department clarified that companies can export ultra-light crude oil that has been run through stabilizers, which shave off volatile natural gas liquids.

The U.S. crude oil export ban was imposed by Congress in the 1970s after the Arab oil embargo. The U.S. shale oil boom of recent years is expected to soon make the country the world's top crude producer, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

It has also led to a glut of light oil in Texas and Louisiana because refiners have invested billions of dollars to process heavier oils imported from Mexico and Venezuela.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Ros Krasny and Marguerita Choy)

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Bahri Inks Contracts with Hyundai to Build 5 VLCCs

The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed contracts on Thursday with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) to build five very large crude carriers (VLCCs),

Red Tape, Industrial Relations Could Stifle LNG Potential

Australia could develop the world’s most technologically advanced LNG industry, according to a report by Accenture. But if industry is to reach its potential

HSH Bank to Split Off Bad Shipping Loans

German lender HSH Nordbank could split off a "bad bank" for non-performing shipping loans as part of a plan to create a sustainable business model, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Ports

China Breaks Ground on South China Sea Lighthouse Project

China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to

Taiwan Offers South China Sea Peace Plan

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that it says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at

Port Kembla Tariff hiked

NSW Ports have advised that from 1 July, there will be 2.38% increase to the Navigation Service Charge (Port Tonnage) and 3% increase to other charges (site occupancy,

Energy

Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international

Editorial: Across the Seas & Around the World

Norwegians are seafarers, with maritime and offshore oil and gas tightly woven into the DNA of this population of more than five million. On the eve of Norshipping 2015,

China Breaks Ground on South China Sea Lighthouse Project

China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to

News

Iran, Oman Discuss Yemen War, Settle Maritime Borders

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed how to advance Yemeni peace efforts with his Omani counterpart on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on a visit

More Type Approvals for Danelec VDRs, S-VDRs

Danelec Marine has received type approvals from the U.S. Coast Guard and China Classification Society (CCS) for its DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs).   The U.

Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international

Government Update

Iran, Oman Discuss Yemen War, Settle Maritime Borders

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed how to advance Yemeni peace efforts with his Omani counterpart on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on a visit

China Breaks Ground on South China Sea Lighthouse Project

China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to

Taiwan Offers South China Sea Peace Plan

Taiwan proposed a peace initiative on Tuesday to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea that it says will reduce tensions that have put Beijing at

Logistics

Snarled in Traffic, Intermodal Answers Include the Water

It was just last month that the (challenged) Keefe family packed up the SUV and set out for a little bit of spring break fun, mixed in with a college visit for my son,

Harnessing Offshore Wind Peaks in U.S.

For the US energy industry, 2014 will be remembered as the year when crude oil prices fell below 50$/bbl, resulting in significant realignments in the sector.

Avance VLGCs Fixed

Avance Gas said repairs of two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) are complete, allowing the delayed ships to get to work.   Both new build VLGCs recently dry-docked - Breeze (83,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2492 sec (4 req/sec)