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U.S. Flexes Refining Muscles to Satisfy Mexico’s Fuel Thirst

  • Oil inputs seen 1.8 percent higher at year-end: Energy Aspects
  • Gulf Coast refiners seen favoring export over domestic sales
Emissions rise from a Marathon Petroleum Corp. oil refinery in this aerial photograph taken above Texas City, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. 
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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U.S. refiners are setting up for the strongest end-of-year they’ve ever had, and it’s all thanks to Mexico.

Nationwide gross oil refinery inputs will rise above 17 million barrels a day before the year ends, according to Energy Aspects, even amid a busy maintenance season and interruptions at plants in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that were clobbered by Hurricane Harvey in the third quarter.