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Deep Discounts Fuel Canadian Oil Flow Into Storage: Reuters

Oil inventories at Canada's largest storage site are on the rise as discounts for the crude plumb new depths, a company that tracks tank volumes across North America said on Wednesday, Reuters said.

It said oil volumes at the Hardisty, Alberta, storage site have climbed 350,000 barrels on the week to 8.2 million, which puts capacity use at 48%, citing Abudi Zein, senior vice-president at Genscape.

That is about midway between the 2011 highs and lows, but the trend is up as production volumes rise in Western Canada and volumes also grow at the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub, depressing prices for land-locked crude supplies in many parts of the continent, Zein reportedly said.

Last year's high was about 11 million barrels in August and the low was about 5.8 million in December, he reportedly said.

Over the past week, Western Canada Select heavy blend for March delivery has fallen past US$35 a barrel under benchmark West Texas Intermediate and has lately hovered in the low US$30s per barrel under WTI, according to Reuters.

Light synthetic has fallen into the low Us$20s per barrel under WTI, reaching record discounts. It sold for a premium as recently as December.

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