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The regional Midland to Cushing crude oil price spread will remain wide until 2013 as production in the Permian exceeds takeaway capacity.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bentek’s PADD 3 (Southeast/Gulf) Crude Oil Production Monitor reports crude oil production in the Permian Basin currently exceeds takeaway capacity and local demand by 40 Mb/d, compared to 14 Mb/d in early October. As a result, since Oct. 1 the WTI Midland price discount to WTI Cushing has increased significantly and is now more than $6/bbl. Bentek reports this price spread will remain wide until early 2013, when constraints are alleviated by the Sunoco’s West Texas Gulf and Magellan’s Crane-to-Houston pipeline expansions. Over the next few years, new pipeline infrastructure will be critical to sustaining growth rates and minimizing regional price volatility.

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