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Pasadena Fashion Advice: Refiners on the Runway

Many downstream organizations suffer from “R vs. M” instead of “R&M” – their refining and marketing groups can often work in silos. One key difference relates to apparel. As a young boy, I was amused and intrigued by the outfits my grandfather wore when working...

The US Will Not Be Able to Compete with Gazprom in Europe

I always like to hear arguments from the other side. Here is an interesting and provocative article claiming that US LNG will NOT be competitive in Europe. Paragraph 5 actually implies it HELPS Europe that its gas supply is under the thumb of Russia’s president....

Silos: Getting Away from Refining vs. Marketing

Downstream energy organizations encompass two wildly different sectors: refining and marketing. In some cases, these differences can create an “us versus them” mentality – which leads to less efficiency and lower profitability overall. Refiners turn raw crude oil into...