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Processing 2005 P3

  • 03/24/2005 -- Shell, KPI to seek downstream investments
    Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue downstream investments worldwide.
  • 03/28/2005 -- UOP processes due in Valero hydrocrackers
    Valero Energy Corp. will use UOP LLC hydroprocessing technologies in integrated hydrocracking and hydrotreating units to be installed at its St. Charles, La., and Houston refineries.
  • 03/29/2005 -- Total Normandy refinery gets hydrocracker
    Total SA is investing 500 million euros to add a distillate hydrocracker with capacity of about 48,000 b/d and a steam methane reformer to its 343,000-b/cd Normandy refinery at Gonfreville l'Orcher, near Le Havre, France.
  • 03/29/2005 -- Belarus refinery to add gasoline units
    The 323,000-b/cd Mozyr Oil Refinery of Belarus picked Axens SA, Paris, to supply a 22,000 b/d gasoline desulfurization unit and a 6,000 b/d recycle C5/C6 isomerization unit.
  • 03/30/2005 -- Ghana blaze shuts down Tema refinery
    Oil facilities were damaged at Ghana's Port of Tema Mar. 25 when a Greek fishing vessel caught fire, killing 13 crew members and destroying a pipeline linked to the nation's sole refinery.
  • 03/31/2005 -- Aramco, IOC study future collaboration
    Saudi Aramco and Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. signed a memorandum of collaboration to evaluate cooperation in petroleum research and development and the commercial production of any resulting technologies.
  • 04/05/2005 -- Electric failure triggers Amuay shutdown
    An electrical system failure caused an operational shutdown Mar. 31 at Petróleos de Venezuela SA's Amuay refinery.
  • 04/07/2005 -- Peak seen this year in refiners' spending on clean fuels
    Capital spending on clean-fuels projects by US independent refiners will peak this year, according to an analysis by investment banker Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc., Arlington, Va.
  • 04/07/2005 -- PDVSA plans three Orinoco refineries
    Venezuela's state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) announced plans to build three refineries that would boost its worldwide refining capacity by 600,000 b/d to 3.9 million b/d by 2010, according to media reports.
  • 04/13/2005 -- BP refinery explosion probe continues
    Investigations continue into the causes of a Mar. 23 explosion and fire in an isomerization unit at BP America Inc.'s Texas City, Tex., refinery that killed 15 contractors and injured more than 100 other persons.
  • 04/13/2005 -- Coal-to-liquids feasibility study planned
    Sasol Synfuels International (Pty.) Ltd. and Chinese partners let contract to Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. and China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corp. for a first-phase feasibility study of two 80,000 b/d coal-to-liquids projects in the Ningxia Autonomous Region and Shaanxi Province in western China.
  • 04/13/2005 -- Refiners face major challenges, EIA conference told
    US refiners will need to supply motorists with increasingly clean fuels produced from increasingly sour crude oil, and it won't be easy, experts warned during an US Energy Information Administration conference Apr. 12 in Washington, DC.
  • 04/15/2005 -- GE gasification technology to be used in new China plant
    Wilson (Nanjing) Chemical Co. Ltd. signed a licensing agreement with GE Energy, a division of General Electric Co., Atlanta, for the use of GE's technology in a new plant in Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park on the Yangtze River.
  • 04/21/2005 -- BP to add hydrotreater at Whiting refinery
    BP PLC plans to invest more than $130 million to add a 36,000-b/d distillate hydrotreater at its 399,000-b/cd refinery in Whiting, Ind.
  • 04/21/2005 -- Citgo boosts Louisiana refinery capacity
    Citgo Petroleum Corp., Houston, has completed a crude vacuum expansion project at its Lake Charles, La., refinery, increasing the facility's crude oil processing capacity to 425,000-440,000 b/d from 325,000 b/d.
  • 04/22/2005 -- Premcor refinery due new hydrogen plant
    Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has signed a letter of intent to build a plant in Port Arthur, Tex., to supply 110 MMscfd of hydrogen to the Premcor Refining Group Inc.'s 237,500-b/cd refinery and other customers on Air Products's Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system.
  • 05/02/2005 -- Petrobras to invest $394 million in refinery
    Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) will invest $394 million in the next 3 years in its 170,000 b/cd Refinaria Presidente Bernardes Cubatão (RPBC) refinery in São Paulo and build a 208 Mw electric power generation plant, reported BNamericas.
  • 05/03/2005 -- Preem lets study contract for fuel upgrading
    Preem Petroleum AB, Stockholm, let a contract to Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. to study residual-fuel upgrading at Preem's 199,500 b/cd Lysekil and 106,000 b/cd Gothenburg refineries.
  • 05/10/2005 -- Oneok agrees to buy Koch's NGL businesses
    Oneok Inc., Tulsa, agreed to acquire natural gas liquids businesses from several subsidiaries of Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, Kan., for $1.35 billion.
  • 05/10/2005 -- Saudi Aramco reports status of megaprojects
    Saudi Aramco is making progress on three megaprojects in Saudi Arabia: the Rabigh Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, an export refinery, and a refining and petrochemical project at Ras Tanura and Ju'aymah.
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