PLG Debuts Five-year North American Crude by Rail (CBR) Forecast

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Comprehensive Volume Forecast of One of Energy Industry’s Most Talked-About Issues | PLG Forecasts Up to 20% CAGR in Bakken CBR Volume over Next Five Years

PLG Consulting, a boutique consulting firm and one of the leading authorities on logistics, engineering, and supply chain in the North American energy industry, is pleased to announce a revolutionary new forecasting and analysis service. The PLG Consulting CBR Forecast, offering a tailored North American CBR volume forecast through 2018, provides unique insights for financial institutions, the oil industry, and supporting transportation and logistics industries.

With the Bakken shale play CBR volume quickly shifting towards east and west coast destinations and the rapid ramp-up of the western Canadian oil sands CBR, there is a pressing need within the industry for an in-depth, long-term forecast. Using a proprietary analysis of the competing supply and logistical options in the United States and Canada, PLG’s CBR Forecast assesses the impact of the options on every stage of the unconventional oil supply chain.

Evaluating 11 key interrelated variables, PLG has predicted base case, high and low models of future CBR volume. These intricate forecasts are based on variations including future crude production volume, the location, timing and capacity of new pipelines, available transloading capacity, and domestic and foreign supply competition. Between the base and high models, PLG forecasts a range of 75% to 100% estimated growth by 2018 in Bakken CBR volume, and a 275% to 400% increase in western Canadian CBR by 2017.

Graham Brisben, CEO of PLG Consulting and nationally recognized CBR expert, states, “The PLG team’s industry experience allows us to effectively distill a lot of varying and rapidly changing information available into the first five-year North American CBR forecast. We believe this forecast fills a void in the industry, and helps to project the role and future of CBR as the unconventional oil boom upends traditional trading and transportation patterns of hydrocarbons in North America.”

The insights revealed in these forecasts impact a variety of energy industry sectors including oil production, transportation, rail car equipment, and refining, as well as the related investment community. Recognizing the fast-changing nature of the CBR industry, the PLG CBR Forecast offers a quarterly subscription update that will account for changes in regulatory impacts, supply/demand, new infrastructure developments, advances in production, and market pricing trends. Customized analyses will also be available to hone in on specific client requirements, including the tank car market, rail freight volumes, and risk assessment.

The PLG Consulting CBR Forecast will be available to clients beginning April 22, 2014. More information can be found at

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PLG Consulting ( is a boutique firm that provides strategic consulting services in logistics, engineering, and supply chain. PLG’s unique combination of real-world experience, strategic perspective, deep analytical capability, and hands-on approach delivers tangible results for their clients. This firm approaches every project objective with high standards of safety, cost efficiency and optimal performance. PLG serves clients from a wide variety of

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