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Processing 2005 P7

  • 10/04/2005 -- Contract let for Morocco refinery upgrade
    Société Anonyme Marocaine de l'Industrie de Raffinage (SAMIR) has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler Italiana SPA, Milan, for project management of its $650 million Mohammedia refinery upgrade and expansion project near Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 10/05/2005 -- Sabic lets contracts for Sharq III expansion
    Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) affiliate Eastern Petrochemical Co. (Sharq) has let three contracts for the Sharq III expansion of its petrochemical complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia (OGJ Online, Feb. 24, 2005).
  • 10/05/2005 -- French port strike threatens refineries
    A strike affecting the ports of Fos and Lavéra on the French Riviera could force refineries owned by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Total SA, and BP-Innovene to shut down for lack of feedstock if it does not end within a few days.
  • 10/07/2005 -- Plant planned for Princess area sour gas
    Altagas Income Trust, Calgary, plans to construct, own, and operate a 20 MMcfd sour gas processing plant in the Princess area of southern Alberta.
  • 10/11/2005 -- French refinery, port strikes raise costs
    The workers' strike at Total SA's Gonfreville L'Orcher refinery, now in its 18th day, will be extended until tomorrow, at which time strikers will decide whether to pursue further action. Total has confirmed the strike is costing the group €1.5-2 million/day.
  • 10/12/2005 -- Contract let for petrochem plant boilers
    BASF FINA Petrochemicals LP, a BASF Corp. and Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. joint venture, has let a $7 million contract to a US subsidiary of Foster Wheeler Ltd.'s Global Power Group for two custom-designed, shop-assembled package boilers for its petrochemicals plant in Port Arthur, Tex.
  • 10/14/2005 -- French refinery workers' strike extended
    Workers at Total SA's 342,000 b/d Gonfreville L'Orcher refinery in northern France have extended their strike to Oct. 17.
  • 10/17/2005 -- Oklahoma refinery expansion planned
    Wynnewood Refining Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Denver-based Gary-Williams Energy Corp., plans to upgrade and expand capacity of its 55,000 b/d refinery in Wynnewood, Okla., to 70,000 b/d. When the project is complete in mid-2007, the refinery will be able to process heavy, sour crude while exceeding new environmental standards.
  • 10/17/2005 -- Venture revives plans for Indian refinery
    A letter of intent by BP PLC and India's Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) to form a strategic refining partnership has revived longstanding plans for a 180,000 b/d refinery at Bhatinda in Punjab, India.
  • 10/18/2005 -- Refinery strike in France extended 4 days
    The strike at Total SA's 343,000-b/cd Gonfreville L'Orcher refinery in northern France has shut down the entire facility following the decision of the 70 strikers Oct. 17 to extend the strike until Oct. 21 (OGJ Online, Oct. 14, 2005). The strikers are seeking a 200 euro/month wage increase.
  • 10/20/2005 -- Neste plans Porvoo biofuel, diesel upgrade
    Neste Oil Corp. has begun construction of a 170,000 tonne/year biodiesel plant at its 200,000 b/cd Porvoo, Finland, refinery, which it plans also to upgrade to produce high-quality diesel from heavy fuel oil.
  • 10/21/2005 -- CGT union suspends refinery strike in France
    The strike that has shut down Total SA's 343,000 b/cd Gonfreville L'Orcher refinery for more than a month was "suspended" Oct. 21, Total CGT labor union coordinator Michel Gogail told OGJ.
  • 10/25/2005 -- Thailand aromatics plant planned for 2008
    Aromatics (Thailand) PLC (ATC) let a $660 million contract to a South Korean consortium of SK Engineering & Construction and GS Engineering & Construction to build its second aromatics plant in Rayong Province on Thailand's eastern coast.
  • 10/25/2005 -- Ivanhoe Energy, Egyptian Gas eye GTL plant
    Ivanhoe Energy (Middle East) Inc. and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding advancing a longstanding plan for Ivanhoe Energy to study the feasibility of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Egypt.
  • 10/28/2005 -- Italian waste-to-energy plant to be expanded
    Lomellina Energia awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to a unit of Foster Wheeler Ltd. for a second processing line at a waste-to-energy plant at Parona, Italy.
  • 11/03/2005 -- Gasco lets contract for Habshan plant expansion
    Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (Gasco) has let an engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning services contract to Fluor Corp. for the planned 1.3 bcfd expansion of the 1.04 bcfd Habshan gas complex in Abu Dhabi.
  • 11/03/2005 -- Minnesota's largest ethanol plant planned
    US BioEnergy Corp. of Brookings, SD, plans to build Minnesota's largest ethanol plant near Janesville in Waseca County.
  • 11/04/2005 -- CMAI forecasts flooded methanol market
    The global methanol market will face an overcapacity situation despite future increases in demand, according to Houston-based petrochemical consultant Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI).
  • 11/07/2005 -- CPC's Hainan refinery to start up by mid-2006
    China Petrochemical Corp. reported it will start operations at a new refinery in southern China by mid-2006, according to a senior official.
  • 11/09/2005 -- Dow to build naphtha plant in Thailand
    Dow Chemical Co. has teamed with Siam Cement PLC, Thailand's largest industrial group, to build a $1.1 billion naphtha-cracking plant in Rayong province on Thailand's eastern coast.
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