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OpportunityCrudes & GlobalShalePlays is the single-source knowledge base for unconventional crudes. The website is an expansion of to help oil professionals keep current with the ever-evolving market. The bright business prospects and potential technical challenges of processing unconventional crudes, especially those concerning energy security and environmental regulations, are presented on this website and offered free of charge.

The unconventional crudes include heavy sour grades, bitumen derived from Canadian oilsands, extra heavy crude from Venezuela's tarsands, high TAN (or acidic crude), oil shale as well as light shale/tight oil (LTO.) These crudes are said to be "price-advantaged" because they are often traded at a deep discount to international benchmarks, such as North Sea Brent.

The website is hosted by Hydrocarbon Publishing Company.

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