-- Aramco awards Riyadh sulfur recovery plant contract Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) has awarded Paris-based Technip-Coflexip a lump sum, turnkey contract for the design and construction of a sulfur recovery plant at its refinery in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
-- China studies Pakistan refinery sites for Sudan oil China National Oil & Gas Exploration Development Corp. (CNOGEDC) is showing a strong interest in constructing a $600 million refining unit at Karachi, Pakistan, to process its Sudan crude oil.
-- Czech refinery RFCC unit goes on stream Ceska Rafinerska AS's resid fluid catalytic cracking unit in Kralupy, Czech Republic, is on stream and has met all guarantees, said UOP LLC, Des Plains, Ill.
-- OMV opens two retail service stations in Yugoslavia OMV Yugoslavija DOO, a unit of Austria's OMV AG, has opened two retail service stations in Yugoslavia, claiming to be the first western European oil and gas firm to enter that country's retail service station market.
-- NY state assembly approves low-sulfur rules The New York State Assembly by a 124-24 vote approved clean fuel legislation that reduces sulfur levels in transportation fuels on a faster timetable than federal regulations now on the books.
-- Technip-Coflexip wins Ruwais refinery expansion Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. has awarded a major, lump sum turnkey contract valued at $480 million to Technip-Coflexip Group, Paris, for the expansion of its Ruwais refinery in Abu Dhabi.
-- Statoil orders LNG barge for Snøhvit field Statoil ASA, Stavanger, has placed an order with IZAR Fene Shipyard for a new vessel to support a floating natural gas liquefaction plant in the Snøhvit gas fields complex in the Barents Sea.
-- Kalundborg refinery producing sulfur-free diesel Statoil ASA's new 400 million kroner diesel oil unit at its Kalundborg refinery near Copenhagen is 3 months ahead of schedule in delivering diesel with virtually no sulfur content.