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    Small improvements in takeaway capacity are good, but they are more likely to result in decreased curtailments than increased WCS price. Both are positive, but they provide benefits to some producers more than others.

    AB Govt announced no production quota on new oil wells, trying to stimulate drilling activity. If that's successful, it'll eat up some more capacity pretty easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrema View Post
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    Really wish we have some trains right now......
    Luckily rail has been hitting record highs this month, we'll see if they can keep it up during Dec. Econs to the gulf are open after keystone went down.

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    AB Govt announced no production quota on new oil wells, trying to stimulate drilling activity. If that's successful, it'll eat up some more capacity pretty easily.
    Conventional wells haven't broken through 500kbpd for the past few years so I doubt there will be much growth with them with this new rule. Only a handful of players would be able to take advantage of this new provision anyway.
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    Yeah it’ll help a bit.

    We’re still stuck with one customer who sets our price. We need to get product across the pond.

    The increase in revenue from trans Mountain alone will be mind boggling - without increase or production.
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    The increase in revenue from trans Mountain alone will be mind boggling - without increase or production.
    Will it? I don't know much about the industry, but have heard there aren't many places that use our type? Of oil. Is that accurate or can anywhere use it if it's mixed? Is mixing it difficult? Can some one clear this up a bit for me

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    That's bullshit eco-lies. Yes there are different grades of oil in the world, but Canadian heavy oil is similar to what's produced in Venezuela, parts of the middle east, and even California. There are hundreds of refineries around the world specifically designed for this common type of oil, and they prefer to run that over other lighter grades.

    The market is there if the product can be delivered.
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    Is the heavier grades of oil better for different things? Like asphalt or can any grade make anything...know what I'm talkin' about?

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    Depends what you want and how much effort ($$$) you want to put into it.

    Fun fact. We produce LOTS of different grades of oil in Canada. We aren’t just a province wide oil sands pit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticcat522 View Post
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    Is the heavier grades of oil better for different things? Like asphalt or can any grade make anything...know what I'm talkin' about?
    The thing is that "oil" is made up of a lot of different length hydrocarbon chains. There's a distribution of different length chains in all oils. so "heavier" oil just has that distribution more skewed towards longer chains.

    As for what you can make with it, depends on what equipment you have at your refinery. If your refinery is set up right, you can make almost anything with the heavy stuff, from asphalt to Diesel to gasoline to plastics. "light" oil is better for things like gasoline and plastics AFAIK.

    killramos is right, WCS is a well-publicized heavy grade, but there's many other Canadian benchmarks grades.
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    another Fun fact, there's more energy per barrel in "heavier" crude than light.
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    So what's in a barrel of California Buena Vista to make it the most expensive oil in the world at $66.73? Does it require less effort to get a final product out of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedog View Post
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    So what's in a barrel of California Buena Vista to make it the most expensive oil in the world at $66.73? Does it require less effort to get a final product out of it?
    Good question, not entirely sure. Extraslow did a great job explaining about grades and refining.

    We do produce a lot of different grades, getting our primary product - WCS - out to the world will help tremendously.
    @speedd og I think some of the most expensive oil in the world is near China. Some of the off shore projects there are returning 80-90/bbl right now. Why specifically, I’m not sure.

    Very pure good stuff I suppose.
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    The local price of any crude grade is heavily effected by the local refinery capacities plus transportation options. The same way our oil is far from refineries, a grade priced near a refinery hub could be worth more.

    There are also some "boutique" grades out there that are traded in relatively low volume. The high price isn't really a reflection of some intrinsic purity or anything.
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