It doesn't even work well as a thinner. Its way too light, and when it hits the fractioning tower, way too many of the light components basically overrun the top of the tower.craftsman wrote: ↑Feb 14th, 2018 1:01 amExactly. Basically, all of the new fracking oil in the US can only be used as a thinner to process the really thick stuff which then can be refined in their refineries; hence, there's no talk about the oil trade imbalance from Canada to the US which is in the billions so they talk about the dairy trade issue.
There's been major issues with suppliers blending way too much light into a bunch of real heavy to meet an arbitrary API gravity spec.
Of course, after spending billions in the 2000s to install cokers they don't want to abandon their expensive investment either.
So Canadian oil will be used in the US. And they'll have to export their light stuff overseas for refineries that are configured for light/sweet.