Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Current TMS Economic Advantage

There's been a lot of press lately touting the benefits of the Louisiana Sweet premium.  A $25 per barrel "bump" provides a significant economic advantage to plays like the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.  From what I understand, this gap could continue for 1-2 years.

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- "U.S. Gulf crude premiums strengthened after the discount for West Texas Intermediate versus Brent widened.  The gap between WTI and Brent November contracts increased 25 cents to $23.81 a barrel in New York. The spread settled Sept. 6 at a record margin of $26.87.
When Brent increases versus WTI, it strengthens the value of low-sulfur U.S. grades that compete with West African oil priced against the European benchmark.  The discount of WTI for November delivery to the December contract widened 9 cents to 22 cents after Enbridge Inc. shut its Ozark pipeline that transports oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Wood River, Illinois.  Heavy Louisiana Sweet’s premium to WTI widened 85 cents to $26.75 a barrel at 2:02 p.m. in New York, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Light Louisiana Sweet’s premium added 75 cents to $25.75."
Source: Bloomberg

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