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Posted September 23, 2014Today in Energy

Higher Permian production, constrained infrastructure increase spread between WTI oil hubs ›

Increasing production of crude oil in the Permian Basin in western Texas has outpaced pipeline infrastructure to move the crude to refineries, causing prices for crude in the Permian (at Midland, Texas) to fall below similar crudes priced at Cushing, Oklahoma. While the price difference between Midland and Cushing has been increasing for almost a year, recent refinery outages in the region caused it to widen substantially. Several infrastructure projects that will allow more crude to flow from the Permian to the U.S. Gulf Coast are expected to come online soon, which should cause this price difference to narrow. More


Source: EIA, Thomson Reuters

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WTI crude oil futures price

9/22/2014: $91.52/bbl

down$1.40 from week earlier
down$13.15 from year earlier

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9/22/2014: $3.850/mmBtu

down$0.081 from week earlier
up$0.163 from year earlier

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9/22/2014: $3.353/gal

down$0.055 from week earlier
down$0.142 from year earlier

Retail diesel price

9/22/2014: $3.778/gal

down$0.023 from week earlier
down$0.171 from year earlier

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9/13/2014: 19.176 million tons

up0.023 million tons from week earlier
down0.601 million tons from year earlier

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