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Heavy crude discount narrows as inventory shrinks

Don Horne   


Canadian heavy crude’s discount versus U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude has narrowed this week on the new monthly trading cycle.

Alberta oil inventories have shrunk as rail movement increases, a Calgary industry source told Reuters. Anticipation of downtime for maintenance at oil production sites in March, the current delivery period being traded, also reduced the discount, the source said.

Western Canada Select (WCS) heavy blend crude for March delivery in Hardisty, Alta., was trading at $19.75 per barrel below WTI, according to NE2 Canada Inc, narrower than Friday’s settle of $20.45.

Light synthetic crude from the oil sands traded at $4.30 below WTI, after settling on Friday at $3.65 under WTI.


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