Western Canadian Select (WCS) price differential on December 15, 2017 with WTI is ($57.30-32.75) $24.55 USD/bbl and the near-term trend is a projected increase in the differential

Western Canadian Select chart showing the differential with WTI

There are two major negative factors affecting the price of WCS and thus increasing the the price differential. The first is new production coming on stream and the second is the pipeline constraint to export WCS to the U.S. market.

Click here for a live and larger version of the above chart.

There are over 300 benchmark streams of crude oil produced around the world. The most commonly referenced US benchmark is West Texas Intermediate (WTI), priced out of Cushing, Oklahoma. WTI is lighter and sweeter than the international benchmark, North Sea Brent, which is priced out of Sullom Voe, Scotland.

The two most popular Canadian benchmarks are Canadian Light and Western Canadian Select. WCS is a heavy sour blend while Canadian Light is a light sweet crude, similar in quality to WTI.

Click hear for an explanation of WCS.

This link provides an historical chart of the WCS price differential with WTI.


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