Cheap Canadian oil replaces Iraqi crude on the American West Coast

Cheap Canadian oil replaces Iraqi crude on the American West Coast

2024-06-25 02:06

Cheap Canadian oil replaces Iraqi crude on the American West CoastShafaq News/ Refineries on the West Coast of the United States intend to replace their imports of Iraqi heavy oil with cheaper crude from Canada, at a time when the newly expanded “Trans Mountain” line is re-arranging trade flows across the Pacific Ocean, according to what Bloomberg reported.

California and Washington are scheduled to import about 150,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude via tankers in June, representing a seven-fold increase in average volumes, according to preliminary data from Vortexa. At the same time, their imports of Iraqi “Basra Heavy” crude are expected to decrease to 3,587 barrels per day, from 76,000 barrels last May.

The Trans Mountain expansion, which began in May, transports 590,000 barrels per day of crude from the Canadian oil sands to Vancouver for export. This is likely to be an advantage for refiners on the US West Coast, which would otherwise pay several dollars more per barrel to buy Iraqi crude.

As Canadian imports to the US West Coast rise, shipments of Brazilian medium-sulphur, Tupi, as well as Basra Heavy crude oil are declining.

Alberta’s heavy West Canadian Standard crude is trading about $13 cheaper than U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude, or about $67 a barrel, according to Bloomberg’s general index pricing. Basra Heavy crude is trading about $5.55 cheaper than benchmark Brent crude, or more than $80 per barrel.

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