Kurt Barrow

IHS Markit

Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream & Downstream Insights

Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Insights, IHS Markit, is responsible for research and analysis of the crude oil through downstream value chains. He provides technical, commercial, and strategic advice to a diversity of clients in the midstream and downstream petroleum and biofuels space. Formerly a Vice President with Purvin & Gertz, Mr. Barrow’s expertise includes refining economics, business strategy, commercial analysis, crude oil and refined product forecasting, and policy scenario assessments. He is actively involved in global downstream research overseeing both expert-based analysis and analytical modeling of market and industry fundamentals. Mr. Barrow has also managed consulting projects, including public reports on the Volcker Rule, US crude export policy, and the impact of the IMO bunker fuel rules. He began his career as an engineer at the Exxon Baytown Refinery and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Sessions With Kurt Barrow

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 10:45am - 11:15am (CST) / 02/mar/2021 04:45 pm - 02/mar/2021 05:15 pm


    Downstream Strategies Beyond Crude & Oil Products

    Panel Downstream/Midstream/Chemicals Decarbonization Pathways

    The energy transition is pressuring downstream oil companies to simultaneously reduce emissions and compete in a slowing—and eventually declining—product demand market. Across the globe, the results of the pandemic are only accelerating climate policy, investor focus, and societal pressure to address carbon emissions from transportation fuels and the oil supply chain. How will refining profitability and investment prospects be affected by this changing downstream landscape? What is the role of biofuels, petrochemicals, retail, and other integration options in downstream strategies? How are consumers expected to respond to the added cost of lower-carbon intensity fuels?