Oil-Trading-SoftwareA combination of persistently low margins and high volatility can spell bad news for refining operations, causing intraday swings in oil prices exceeding their margins. According to an article recently published in Global Technology Forum, this situation is driving greater integration between refinery operations and trading activities within oil companies. It’s no longer good enough to be buying or selling to meet the needs of the refinery – supply traders and marketing personnel are being asked to use their market knowledge to make smarter trading decisions.

According to Viren Doshi, senior vice president, Booz & Co., a more trading-oriented approach has been most prevalent in northwest Europe, the Mediterranean, and the US Gulf Coast. Companies in these regions have recently had to be more flexible to survive low margins and leverage high price volatility in their markets. Independent refineries in particular have been bullish on this approach because of their less complex operations.

Software solutions that can minimize costs and maximize refinery margins by optimizing the entire supply and trading chain have been key to making trading integration easier for refiners. These solutions have the ability to process refinery plans and forecast demand and production information upon which the supply and marketing groups can take action. They also enable plan changes to be immediately visible to the trading group for improved efficiency and productivity. To learn more, read the full article.

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