Re-exporting Canadian Oil through U.S.
According to an Energy Information Administration (EIA) report released October 31, crude oil exports reached their highest levels in 57 years in July. The EIA reported that the United States exported 401,000 BOPD in July, marking the second highest monthly export volume since the EIA started publishing data in 1920. Due to current U.S. crude oil export restrictions, most of the oil exported from the U.S. is only sent to Canada, but the EIA report shows that some of the oil is being re-exported from Canada to Spain, Singapore, Italy, and Switzerland.
The reason for the re-exportation of Canadian oil through the U.S., according to another release from the EIA, is limited infrastructure. Some Canadian companies are testing the economic viability of moving their oil through the Gulf Coast for re-export to other markets, but it is unclear how long this trend will last. With Enbridge Inc.’s (ticker: ENB) Line 9 reversal project expected to be in service in 2014 Canadian companies could access global markets via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
As unconventional oil and natural gas production continue to grow in the U.S., encouraging higher levels of exports is one option for encouraging economic growth. An article released by Brookings, looking at a study done by the National Economic Research Associates (NERA), suggested that “lifting the ban on crude oil exports from the United States will boost U.S. economic growth, wages, employment, trade and overall welfare.”
If the export ban were to be lifted entirely by 2015, the NERA found that in a high oil and gas resource case that the discounted net present value of GDP could exceed $1.8 trillion by 2039, reduce unemployment at an average annual reduction of 200,000 over the next five years, and enhance U.S. energy security.
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