RBN Energy: California refiners struggle in a state that wishes they would go away.
California refineries get most of their crude from three sources: California production, Alaskan North Slope (ANS) production and imports from overseas.
In 2016, 34% of the crude refined in the state came from California (including small volumes from other Lower 48 sources; green layer in Figure below) and 11% from Alaska (yellow layer), while 55% was imported (blue layer), according to the CEC.
Access to U.S. shale supplies has been limited, largely because no pipelines deliver crude to California from outside the state. Some crude is moved in by rail from the Rockies and West Texas (an average of only 3 Mb/d in 2016).
Given declining California and ANS crude production, the volume of imported crude (which was minimal through the mid-1990s) has increased by 13% since 2010 to an average 867 Mb/d in 2016. Most imports are supplied from the Middle East, Ecuador and Colombia.
California Refineries’ Sources of Crude. Source: CEC
Somewhere in the US they must be putting in a new gasoline service station this week but I couldn't find a story anywhere on the internet earlier this morning. But I see that of all the "stuff" going on in the business world overnight, Google Finance linked a story on a new Tesla charging station going up in Illinois as one of the top ten stories this morning.
Over at the dailyherald, "Tesla rolling out superchargers in Rolling Meadows." Data points:
- Tesla is setting up a Supercharger station outside the Rolling Meadows Meijer store
- "set to go live by the end of 2017"
- off Golf and Algonquin roads
- site chosen: ample parking and access to restaurants and shops
- average charging time is up to 45 minutes in urban centers
- Supercharger stations are equipped to deliver a "rapid" 72 kW of power to cars -- neight "rapid" nor range defined in the article -- unless I missed it
What Are The Odds?
Until this morning, I had never heard of Meijer.
I was curious. Exactly "what was" Meijer"? I put that one word into Google and up popped ths map.
Who knew? Six Meijer gas stations in the US and one of them happens to be in the city in which I live but the station goes by another name -- assuming it's a Meijer station but Google certainly suggests that it is. More irony: I must have driven right by this station over the weekend and never even noticed it. It is really out in the boondocks, a word derived from Tagalog during the Philippine-American War (1899-1902).