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OPIS Blog

A closer look at key topics in the downstream oil and energy industry.

Coal

Threat of rail strike looms over U.S. coal industry

Well, that was close -- again. The train zooming out of the tunnel doesn't look like a nationwide strike hitting the

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Carbon, California

California’s LCFS: Just How Much Stronger Will the New Targets Be?

Prices for credits under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) have been a sad story in 2022.

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Petrochemical, Plastics

PVC Pipe Plants Shut by Storm; Low-Demand Market Mitigates Impact

Hurricane Nicole’s landfall on the US East Coast caused a sigh of relief among the refining community as the Texas/Louisiana

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Bunker fuel, Shipping

U.S. Gulf Coast Offshore Bunker Operations See Healthy Revenue Stream

Despite a pullback in recent years in the number of players working the U.S. Gulf Coast offshore bunker business, the

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NGL & LPG

NGL or LPG or LNG – Definitions and Common Uses

With all due respect to the Jackson Five, sometimes A-B-C is not easy as 1-2-3.

We’re talking NGL or LPG or LNG –

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Petrochemical, Plastics

The Circuitous Route of the Global Styrene Chain

The world party of the styrenics chain of late has seen benzene traveling from Europe to the US and polystyrene traveling

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