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Processing 2005 P6

  • 08/05/2005 -- Upgrader to get UOP hydroprocessing unit
    North West Upgrading Inc., Calgary, has selected UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Ill., to design and license a new hydroprocessing unit to upgrade synthetic crude from Canadian bitumen.
  • 08/09/2005 -- US second-quarter petrochemical output down
    US petrochemical production in the second quarter was down 3% from the same quarter in 2004 and down 5% from the first quarter of this year, reported the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) in its quarterly inventory survey released July 27.
  • 08/16/2005 -- Syntroleum plans coal-to-liquids project in Australia
    Syntroleum Corp. signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Linc Energy Pty. Ltd., Brisbane, Australia, to jointly develop a coal-to-liquids (CTL) project in Queensland, Australia.
  • 08/17/2005 -- Sabic unit lets contract for PP expansion
    Saudi European Petrochemical Co., a unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp., awarded a contract to Aker Kvaerner for Sabic's Ibn Zahr Polypropylene (PP) III expansion project at Al-Jabail, Saudi Arabia.
  • 08/19/2005 -- Porvoo refinery turnaround, upgrades planned
    Finland's Neste Oil Corp. plans to build a production line at its 200,000 b/d Porvoo refinery as part of a diesel project. The line, along with a €500 million euro biodiesel plant currently under construction, will be tied in to the refinery during a 5-week maintenance turnaround that will start Aug. 29 (OGJ Online, July 7, 2004).
  • 08/23/2005 -- Neste Oil, Bapco propose Bahrain lube plant
    Finland's Neste Oil Corp. and Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) signed an agreement covering commercial terms for a proposal to design, build, and operate a plant to produce high-quality lubricant base oil at Bapco's Bahrain refinery.
  • 08/24/2005 -- BP to issue refinery investigation report
    BP PLC said it would issue a final incident investigation report in late September identifying the underlying causes of the Mar. 23 explosion at the company's Texas City, Tex., refinery, which killed 15 persons (OGJ, May 23, 2005, p. 37).
  • 08/25/2005 -- Venezuela, Brazil ready to build refinery
    A dispute that lasted almost 2 years over a planned $2 billion binational refinery to be built in Brazil by Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Petroleos de Venezuela SA seems to be ending.
  • 08/25/2005 -- Contracts set for Vietnam's first refinery
    Major work contracts are in place for construction of a 140,000 b/d refinery in Vietnam—the country's first—at Dung Quat in the central province of Quang Ngai, state oil firm Petrovietnam reported.
  • 08/25/2005 -- Foster Wheeler to design BP delayed coker
    BP Oil Refineria de Castellon SA, a unit of BP PLC, let a contract to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. to supply a process design package for a 20,000 b/sd delayed coking plant in Spain. The contract's value was withheld.
  • 09/02/2005 -- China bans new oil product export contracts
    China has banned new export contracts for oil products and has canceled value-added tax rebates on gasoline and naphtha exports for 4 months.
  • 09/02/2005 -- Sudan, Petronas planning Red Sea refinery
    The Sudanese government has awarded Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (Petronas) a contract estimated at $1 billion to build a 100,000 b/d export refinery at Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast.
  • 09/08/2005 -- Sinopec lets refinery automation contract
    Sinopec Guangzhou Co., a unit of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), has let a contract to Invensys Process Systems, Foxboro, Mass., to supply automation systems for a major refinery expansion in southern China.
  • 09/08/2005 -- CNOOC lets contract for Guandong refinery
    China National Offshore Oil Corp. awarded a $46 million (Aus.) contract to WorleyParsons Ltd. to provide integrated management services for a new refinery in China.
  • 09/12/2005 -- Total plans 5-year refining upgrade program
    Total SA plans to increase its refining investments to an average €800 million/year during 2005-10, announced Chairman and Chief Executive Thierry Desmarest.
  • 09/16/2005 -- PetroChina lets ethylene contract to Linde
    PetroChina Co. Ltd. let a $140 million contract to Linde AG of Wiesbaden, Germany, to provide technology and key components to build what will become China's largest ethylene plant.
  • 09/26/2005 -- Strike halts output of Total refinery in France
    Total SA said operations at its Gonfreville l'Orcher refinery, the largest in France, came to a halt on Sept. 26 as a workers' strike over pay moved into its seventh day.
  • 09/27/2005 -- Russian-Uzbek venture plans small refinery
    Dzharkurganneftepererabotka, a joint venture of Russia's Petromaruz and Uzbekistan's Dzharkurganneft, plans a 2,600 b/d refinery in Dharkurgan in southern Uzbekistan.
  • 09/27/2005 -- Trinidad and Tobago approves small GTL plant
    Trinidad and Tobago has approved construction of a $100 million gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant expected to start producing high-quality diesel fuel by first quarter 2007.
  • 10/03/2005 -- Thai Oil picks ABB for refinery upgrade
    Thai Oil Public Co. Ltd. let a contract worth more than $100 million to ABB of Switzerland to expand and revamp its 220,000-b/d Sriracha refinery on the Gulf of Thailand.

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