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Processing 2003 P11

  • 02/03/2003 -- Oman awards maintenance, operation contract
    Oman awarded to South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (SKEC) a $99.5 million contract to maintain and operate the planned 75,000 b/d Sohar refinery.
  • 01/31/2003 -- Good times ahead in 2003 for US refining
    While high crude prices have kept a squeeze on margins of late, the stage is being set for a robust recovery for US refiners in the spring.
  • 01/28/2003 -- UOP: Refining industry will eventually recover from low margins
    The refining industry may have to wait until 2005 for a significant improvement in margins, according to Carlos Cabrera, UOP LLC senior vice-president, refining and petrochemicals.
  • 01/16/2003 -- Oman awards Chiyoda-Foster Wheeler LNG train EPC contract
    Oman has awarded Chiyoda-Foster Wheeler and Co. LLC a contract for the detailed engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of an LNG train at Qalhat, near Sur, in Oman.
  • 01/13/2003 -- Iraq-Jordan oil pipeline pending
    Jordan selected 47 local trucking companies to deliver 5.5 million tonnes of Iraqi oil during 2003 at a cost of $56 million, pending construction of a new oil pipeline.
  • 01/09/2003 -- SABIC obtains financing for ethylene plant
    Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) signed a 4.33 billion riyals ($1.154 billion) loan with a consortium of international and local banks to finance construction of a petrochemical plant for its United Petrochemical Co. subsidiary at Jubail Industrial City.
  • 01/07/2003 -- Oman to build $879 million refinery
    Oman awarded an $879 million contract to a Japanese consortium of JGC Corp. and Yokohama-based Chiyoda Corp. for construction of a new refinery at Sohar, 250 km northwest of Muscat.
  • 01/03/2003 -- AltaGas commissions Joffre ethane extraction plant
    Calgary-based AltaGas Services reported that commissioning of the Joffre ethane extraction plant's major systems and equipment is under way, and pre-production testing will continue into this month.
  • 12/19/2003 -- ExxonMobil's Baytown refinery begins production of cleaner gasoline
    ExxonMobil Corp.'s 523,000 b/d Baytown refinery Wednesday started up new facilities designed to reduce sulfur in its motor gasoline by 90%.
  • 11/05/2003 -- Rio state studying $5 billion LNG/petchem complex
    The state of Rio de Janeiro is studying proposals that could lead to development of a $5 billion LNG and petrochemical complex at a key port area.
  • 10/07/2003 -- Syntroleum's new GTL plant to fuel government vehicles demonstrations
    Tulsa-based Syntroleum Corp. has completed a new gas-to-liquids (GTL) demonstration plant at Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Okla., that will provide synfuels for a long-term testing and demonstration project using government vehicle fleets such as metropolitan buses in Washington, DC, and National Park Service vehicles.
  • 09/08/2003 -- Imperial Oil's refit Dartmouth refinery producing low-sulfur gasoline
    Imperial Oil officially opened the low-sulfur gasoline production unit at its Dartmouth refinery in Nova Scotia Thursday, reducing sulfur in its gasoline content by more than 90%.
  • 08/06/2003 -- ChevronTexaco inks deal to supply Australian LNG to Mexico
    A unit of ChevronTexaco Corp. said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the joint venture partners of Gorgon natural gas field to supply at least 2 million tonnes/year of LNG over 20 years starting in 2008 to an LNG terminal planned for construction off Baja California.
  • 06/20/2003 -- Dow Chemical, Freeport LNG agree on Gulf Coast LNG terminal
    Dow Chemical Co. and Freeport LNG Development LP (Freeport LNG) have reached an agreement whereby Dow will have the right to use Freeport LNG's proposed LNG receiving terminal for 20 years. Freeport LNG plans to build the terminal on its Quintana Island site southeast of Freeport in Brazoria County, Tex.
  • 06/06/2003 -- Esso Taiwan suspends plans to expand its retail marketing network
    Esso Taiwan has suspended the planned expansion of its retail network, citing intense competition from the Chinese Petroleum Corp. and Formosa Petrochemical Corp., along with an 11% import duty on refined products.
  • 05/20/2003 -- Premcor to expand Port Arthur refinery
    Premcor Inc., Old Greenwich, Conn., announced plans Tuesday to enlarge its heavy crude oil refinery in Port Arthur, Tex., to increase oil throughput capacity by 75,000 b/d, to 325,000 b/d from 250,000 b/d.
  • 04/22/2003 -- Williams expands Wyoming gas plant to process Shell production
    Engineering and procurement are under way on a fourth cryogenic processing train at a Williams Cos. gas plant in Opal, Wyo. The new cryogenic turbo expander plant will have a processing capacity of 350 MMcfd and will be capable of extracting more than 7,000 b/d of natural gas liquids.
  • 04/08/2003 -- Statoil gas sales spur Kårstø plant expansion
    Statoil ASA has secured a 10-year sales contract worth 300 million kroner/year, at 2003 prices, to supply ethane to Borealis AS and Norsk Hydro AS.
  • 03/27/2003 -- NPRA: ConocoPhillips CEO Mulva has great expectations for refining industry
    ConocoPhillips "has great expectations for the refining industry, despite the great demands we face this year and in the years to come," company Pres. and CEO James J. Mulva told attendees at the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association's 101st annual meeting here Tuesday.
  • 03/05/2003 -- FTC alleges Unocal defrauded California regulators over RFG patent
    A longstanding battle between California fuel suppliers over reformulated gasoline took a new twist when the Bush administration intervened with a move that may have significant legal ramifications.

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