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Processing 2000 P2

  • 04/30/2000 -- Turnaround maintenance planned for Port Harcourt refinery
    Nigeria plans to shut in its 150,000 b/d refinery in Port Harcourt in mid-May for turnaround maintenance. Its other three refineries will undergo similar projects soon, said Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, group managing director of state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
  • 04/30/2000 -- Mexico mulling new plan to capitalize petrochemical plants
    Mexico's Energy Secretariat is concocting a new scheme to inject much-needed capital into the country's state-run petrochemical plants. Mauricio Toussaint, undersecretary for energy operations, was quoted in local newspapers last week as saying the new plan would be released publicly in coming weeks.
  • 04/30/2000 -- Mexico awards Palizada power plant permit
    MEXICO CITY�Calgary-based Transalta Corp. won a contract to build, own, and operate the Campeche power station in Palizada, Mexico.
  • 04/30/2000 -- March gasoline deliveries higher
    WASHINGTON, DC�The American Petroleum Institute reported that gasoline deliveries, a key measure of consumer demand, rose 0.8% to 8.148 million b/d in March despite substantially higher retail prices.
  • 04/30/2000 -- Court: Merchant power plants do not meet Florida regulations
    The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a March 1999 Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) ruling that would have allowed construction of Florida's first merchant power plant. The court ruled that the facility is not permitted under current state regulations covering the industry. In response, some Florida city officials have launched efforts to persuade state legislators to change the regulations. State legislators may set up a task force to study the deregulation of the industry.
  • 04/30/2000 -- Peru, Ecuador may connect oil pipelines
    Lima�Peru and Ecuador are considering performing a prefeasibility study on connecting an oil pipeline in southeastern Ecuador with one in northwestern Peru, according to Peru Energy and Mines Minister Jorge Chamot. Chamot made the announcement during a meeting of the Peru-Ecuador Binational Energy and Mines Technical Committee meeting in Lima Apr. 27.
  • 04/30/2000 -- General Interest news briefs
    TotalFinaElf SA and the French authorities have chosen Coflexip Stena Offshore Group of France and Stolt Offshore of Norway to pump out the 13,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil remaining in the Erika tanker after it sank in 110-120 m of water off Brittany, France. The firms will be in charge of the entire operation, from preparing the wreckage to installing the flood gates, subsea pumps, and transfer module; connecting the flexibles; and evacuating the pumped fuel to shore. The operation,
  • 05/01/2000 -- Ultramar Diamond Shamrock to expand Quebec refinery
    Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corp., San Antonio, said it plans to spend $40 million to expand capacity at its Quebec refinery to 190,000 b/d from 160,000 b/d. The expansion will reduce operating and intermediate feedstock costs plus produce another 20,000 b/d of gasoline, distillate, and jet fuel, as well as 10,000 b/d of cat-cracker feed, propane, and butane, says UDS.
  • 05/01/2000 -- Clark refinery secures natural gas supplies
    Clark Refining & Marketing Inc. of St. Louis announced that it has awarded a long-term contract to Reliant Eenrgy Inc.'s retail arm to supply as much as 43.8 bcf/year of natural gas to Clark's Port Arthur, Tex., refining complex.
  • 05/02/2000 -- Texaco buys 20% stake, plans JV with 'green' technology firm
    Texaco is taking an important step into the 'green' technology field by purchasing a 20% stake in Energy Conversion Devices. The firms will work together to develop and market ECD's solid-hydrogen storage and regenerative fuel-cell technologies.
  • 05/03/2000 -- Processing news briefs�May 3
    Ivanhoe Energy Inc. ... Syntroleum Corp. ... Phillips Petroleum Co.
  • 05/05/2000 -- Refining recovery spreads to Asia, Europe
    The dramatic recovery in the refining sector is a global one. While the recovery has been strongest in the US during the first quarter-when European and Asian markets still were showing signs of weakness, at least early in the quarter-the turnaround is now evident in those markets as well.
  • 05/05/2000 -- Yangzi Petrochemical starts ethylene expansion
    China's Yangzi Petrochemical Corp., a unit of state-owned China Petrochemical Corp., has started an expansion of its naphtha cracker in East China's Jiangsu province. The expansion, begun in late April and slated for completion in third quarter 2002, will raise capacity to 650,000 tonnes/year from 400,000 tonnes/year.
  • 05/05/2000 -- Processing news briefs, May 5
    Technip Group . . . Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. . . . Al-Manhal International Group . . . Australia LNG
  • 05/08/2000 -- Japan's refineries schedule maintenance turnarounds
    Japan's refiners have scheduled eight maintenance turnarounds. Four of the shutdowns will be at Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. refineries, two at Tonen Corp. plants, and two at Japan Energy Co. refining complexes.
  • 05/08/2000 -- Marubeni withdraws from Viet Nam PVC project
    Japan's Marubeni Corp. has withdrawn from a joint project to build a polyvinyl chloride plant in Baria-Vung province, 85 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The remaining partners�Petronas, PetroVietnam, and Tramatsuco�have signed an amended joint-venture contract and awarded a major contract for the plant.
  • 05/08/2000 -- Low-emission coal gasification process tested
    Researchers at the Power Systems Development Facility in Wilsonville, Ala., are testing a coal-gasification technology that will 'set the foundation for coal as an efficient and environmentally friendly fuel for the future,' officials said Monday. The system uses a transport reactor developed by Kellogg Brown & Root and Southern Co.
  • 05/08/2000 -- General Interest news briefs, May 8
    Columbia Electric Corp. ... AEP Pro Serv ... Southern Energy Inc. ... Southern Co.
  • 05/09/2000 -- Chinese petrochemical earnings rise in 1999
    Earnings of China's listed petrochemical firms recovered last year due to rising product prices, but high crude oil costs narrowed margins, according to analysts. They also said the sector faces difficulties in the long term, as China's pending membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), expected this year, will bring a wave of foreign competition.
  • 05/09/2000 -- Rodriguez: Current oil price level satisfactory
    Venezuelan Energy and Mines Minister Al�odr�ez Araque believes oil prices have remained at 'satisfactory levels' since the Organization of Petroleum Countries last ministerial conference. He expects OPEC to maintain current output levels at its next ministerial meeting.
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