Canada's increase of crude oil input refineries in 2017.
The 2017 growth of crude oil input to refineries has been driven by Asia – China, India, and South Korea to a lesser extent – and North America, where crude oil production was on the rise.
Crude oil consumption by refineries slightly increase in Europe, with significant rises in the Czech Republic, Italy, Norway and Turkey, but remained stable in Russia.
Reflecting the willingness of Middle Eastern countries to refine crude oil locally, refinery inputs continued to increase for the fifth year in a row in the region, especially in Saudi Arabia and in Iran.
Conversely, lower crude oil production in Mexico and Venezuela reduced refinery inputs in these countries, and they also continued to decline in Brazil.
In addition, higher demand from the petrochemical sector contributed to raise global oil consumption, especially in China and in the United States, where shale oil is very competitive.
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