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Research Note 1: Canadian crude oil imports to U.S. refineries

Research Note 1: Canadian crude oil imports to U.S. refineries
-- TRACKING TAR SANDS CRUDES --

Published: May 14, 2010

By: Morey Burnham

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From the note:

In 2009, there were 43 refineries that reported receiving heavy Canadian crude oil imports (of all refineries reporting imports of crude oil). It is assumed that these refineries did receive Canadian tar sands crude, as tar sands crude is a heavy oil, and, as of 2006, tar sands crude accounted for 43% of crude oil production in Canada. In addition, tar sands production surpassed conventional oil production in the western Canadian provinces.

There are two notes in this series. The second is Gulf Coast refineries taking or projected to take Canadian tar sands crude that also take Venezuelan and Persian Gulf crudes.

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