Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude production has been in decline since 1987. Once producing over 2 MMb/d this prolific field averaged just 520 Mb/d in 2012. At the same time refiners on the West Coast who previously relied on ANS are beginning to get access to domestic shale crude and might be consuming Canadian crude exports from British Columbia in a few years’ time. Today we explain the impact on West Coast crude pricing.
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