Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has put in place a strategy five years ago to build out data around the physical oil supply chain to monitor and assess the impact of supply imbalances on the price of crude oil and refined products. With a team of 70 analysts, they track the movement of oil via vessels, pipeline, storage and refineries and are in the process of building out the global models for the interactions and connections along the supply chain. With the growth in US Shale Production, as well as the recent lifting of the crude oil export ban, there is interest from their customers globally to understand how much Crude Oil is being exported from the US Gulf Coast (USGC), where (i.e. which ports) it is being exported from and which countries are importing it. 

Thomson Reuters have asked this Capstone team to analyze Crude Oil Exports from the US Gulf Coast at the port level using the proprietary Thomson Reuters Oil Flows Model that tracks Oil Exports at the cargo level to understand the dynamic around the growth in US crude exports.The Capstone team will look at key filters by port location and grade of crude oil to show how exports have evolved over time, and potentially make an assessment of how that growth will look going forward. The team will focus on the drivers and impacts of changes in export volume, grade, port source and destination over time.