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Expand your view of downstream market dynamics with regional refining-market perspectives and scenario-based outlooks on crude and product prices, margins, balances, and flows. Our integrated offerings uncover the key drivers and trends shaping downstream oil markets, and our in-depth global and regional outlooks and custom analysis provide you with the insights you need to make informed, forward-looking decisions in the downstream sector.

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Global Downstream Model 

The Global Downstream Model forecasts crude and product flows, refined-product supply and demand, and refining utilizations.

Refinery Reference Desk

Expand your understanding of the downstream sector with the Refinery Reference Desk, a comprehensive resource that explains industry terminology and concepts.


OilDesk provides scenario-based crude and product-price outlooks based on refining economics.

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Global Downstream Outlook to 2035

Perspective on global refining markets and projections to 2035.

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