How Permian and Canadian Pipeline Constraints Benefit Refiners

POSTED BY Thomas Hunt ON August 27, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Optimization

Limited takeaway capacity in the Permian and the widening of the WCS-WTI spread are benefiting some independent refiners. (The Permian Basin crude hub is located in Midland, where prices are benchmarked against the WTI Cushing price [Mid-cush spread]. Canadian crude from the prolific oil sands is called the West Canadian Select, and it is settled …

Improve Customer Service and Sell More Gasoline in a Competitive Market

POSTED BY Trent Amos ON August 8, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Gravitate

Today’s market for buying and selling refined products is highly competitive and margins are tight. Lots of wholesale marketers compete for sales to a limited number of fuel buyers. Faced with a glut of choices, buyers tend to purchase based solely on who offers the lowest price at any given time. Unfortunately, in this landscape, …

How to Save Six Figures on Your Next Refinery Turnaround

POSTED BY Bernard Wehbe ON June 5, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Optimization

You know because you likely just experienced this in March or April — refinery turnaround months are highly volatile. These changes are disruptive to your supply network and often costly. The expenses associated with diverting supply elsewhere to satisfy contractual obligations can reach into the millions of dollars in some scenarios. But what if there was …

How Data Can Be Leveraged to Your Company’s Advantage—and Maybe Even Help You Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

POSTED BY Trent Amos ON May 31, 2018 IN Analytics, Blog, Digital Transformation, News

You’re driving along the freeway one evening after work, going to meet friends for dinner at a local barbeque restaurant. Stuck in the middle lane behind a lawn-care truck and with an 18-wheeler to your right, you’re coasting along at a steady pace of about 65 miles per hour (mph) to keep up with traffic …

Permian Basin Bottlenecks to Benefit Regional Refiners

POSTED BY Thomas Hunt ON May 18, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Optimization

In our last blog, we explored the impact of refinery shutdowns on the macro supply and demand of crude in regional hubs such as Midland. We also explored how refiners and midstream operators are increasingly leveraging optimization technology to help them manage their lease crude obligations during refinery shutdowns and turnarounds.   In this blog, …

NGL Supply Chain Optimization Drives Profitability

POSTED BY Emily Fixter ON May 8, 2018 IN Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Optimization, White Paper

NGL Supply Chain Optimization Drives Profitability in Margin-Compressed Midstream Energy Space The shale revolution has increased complexity in commodity supply chains and created stress on profit margins. As a result, business leaders and their teams are under pressure to capture maximum margins. By incorporating cutting-edge, industry-specific analytics, they can make data-driven decisions that enhance profitability. …

Permian Basin: Optimizing Lease Crude Supply During a Refinery Turnaround

POSTED BY Thomas Hunt ON May 7, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Optimization

Between March and May of this year, we have seen a perfect storm of supply-and-demand imbalances in the Permian Basin. Production hit record levels of 3 million barrels per day (bpd) according to the EIA, refineries shut down for annual turnarounds, and pipeline takeaway capacity reached its limits. All this has culminated in the Midland-Cushing …

5 Questions CTRM Analytics Answer: Part 3

POSTED BY Scott Creed ON April 23, 2018 IN Analytics, Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM

In our last few articles, we’ve discussed question 1 and question 2 that commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) analytics answer. Question 3: How is my portfolio exposed to shifting market prices? Of course, companies using CTRM platforms want to make sure that their trades are profitable. But how do you see where changes in …

6 Highlights from the 8th Annual OPIS NGL Summit 2018

POSTED BY Thomas Hunt ON March 16, 2018 IN Blog, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, News, Optimization

A few weeks ago, hundreds of professionals in the natural gas liquids (NGL) industry gathered at the OPIS NGL Summit in San Diego, California. This is the only annual conference that brings together the majority of the industry in one place to efficiently negotiate contracts and work out deals, network, and attend educational sessions. From …

Refined Products Wholesaler Reimagines Its Customer Engagement

POSTED BY Emily Fixter ON February 2, 2018 IN Case Study, Digital Transformation, E/CTRM, Gravitate

Gravitate Portal Increases Sales Volume Among Existing Customers By Up to 40%  One of the largest petroleum distributors in the Northeastern U.S. wanted to better engage customers online and upgrade its user experience throughout the sales process. To accomplish this objective, the company traded its several legacy customer portals for capSpire’s Gravitate solution.  As part …

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