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New forces at work in refining : industry views of critical business and operations trends
Peterson, D. J.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxx, 115 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Introduction: a critical infrastructure -- Petroleum products in the U.S. economy -- Change and challenges in refining -- A critical infrastructure -- About the study -- The report -- The refining industry and petroleum products markets -- Industry segments and business models -- Economic hardship and restructuring -- Is the downstream enjoying an economic recovery? -- Product slate -- Higher performance fuels -- Regionalization of products markets -- Future demand -- Imports -- Refinery operations and technologies -- Current operations trends -- Current trends in technologies -- Longer-term trends in technologies and operations -- Environment for technology innovation -- Human capital -- Regulatory and financial environment -- Return on investment -- Capital constraints -- Regulatory flexibility -- Regulatory uncertainty -- Implications for future product supplies -- Industry views of policy and regulation -- The refining industry in a new era: key findings and policy issues -- Key findings -- Policy issues of importance -- Appendix A. Rand discussion participants -- Appendix B. Discussion protocol -- Appendix C. Petroleum refining processes and products -- Crude oil inputs -- Separation -- Conversion -- Combination -- Reformulation -- Treating -- Support operations.
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1510 Lexile.
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Reports the results of discussions with representatives of refining firms, technologies and services providers, research institutions, and other organizations on current and future trends in the U.S. refining industry. Discussants were generally optimistic about the future of the industry but were concerned about the effects of environmental regulations. They recommended that the Department of Energy assume a more prominent policy role on refining and fuels issues.