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Re:Shale Oil Impacts Refinery/Petcoke – ICIS Hold Free Mkt Webinar on US Ref Ind

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Charles Randall
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Here is Free Webinar that Coking.com might want listen in on or have someone  in your company who is interested in Shale Crude area for idea of what the consultants are saying about economics/trends. 
 <FYI – Karl did a TMS Presentation Mon Mar04, 2013 10am section for KBC/ICIS on “Shale Crude Oil impact on Anode Coke” – see link @ http://www.tms.org/meetings/annual-13/AM13spotlightSessionsAlum.aspx .
 
Was a good overview on economics & some outcomes – but did not get into lot problem areas that I have mentioned about  shale crude.>

Some Shale Crude Issues : Shale Crude is “barbell/doughnut crude” ie heavy on ends little middle much like Bitumen crudes which were heavy on resid/gasoils, whereas Shale Oil is heavy on naphtha’s & light ends. Shale isn’t crude is a  Kerogen that breaks down to Bitumen that breaks down to Crude when recovered mining formations. So using general “crude” API/Sulf/K factors may not fully model products anymore than they did for Bitumen blends.
    
Shale Oil has “Arsenic” levels (7 to 67 ppm) – crude (& coke), and it’s concentrated in both resid & petcoke process – also impact ash use in power plants using petcoke – could lose non-hazardous label petcoke/petcoke ash use? Shale Crudes have High Nitrogen levels and need treatment at either site or in plant avoid issues on FCC other catalysts units. 
High olefin & unsaturates in oil – tendency  “darken” on shipments unless Hydrogen treated at site.  
HAC -acid content and  naphthenic acids impacts on plant corrosion (similar issues we saw from Canadian Bitumen crudes).
Possible foaming issues – early studies show was looked at as “frothing agent” because high foaming tendencies.
A lot of the high discount on price are used up on high transportation cost ($18-24/Bbl rail, $5/bbl P/L ect) and lot of high gravity is not value product (ie lot light straight run instead gas oil) and may even have some producers blending in condensate/butane/LSR from Nat Gas production (so high value higher gravity crude isn’t for larger amounts these streams). 

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