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Processing 2006 P6

  • 06/27/2006 -- Sabic unit lets PP plant construction contract
    Sabic unit Saudi European Petrochemical Co. has awarded Samsung Engineering a contract to construct a 500,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant at SEPC's Ibn Zahr complex in Al-Jubail.
  • 06/27/2006 -- Sinopec to raise ethylene output with new facility
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) has launched a 1 million tonne/year ethylene project in the Binghai New Zone, in north China's Tianjin municipality. The project is scheduled for completion in 2009.
  • 06/27/2006 -- India's Reliance awards coker heater contract
    Reliance Petroleum Ltd., through its design, engineering, procurement, and construction advisory services contractor Bechtel France, let a contract to Foster Wheeler USA Corp. for the thermal design, engineering, and procurement of four delayed coker heaters.
  • 06/22/2006 -- Sasol, Shenhua consider Chinese coal-to-liquids project
    South Africa's Sasol and a consortium led by China's Shenhua Corp. agreed to proceed with the second stage of feasibility studies regarding an 80,000 b/d coal-to-liquids plant in Shaanxi Province, about 650 km west of Beijing.
  • 06/19/2006 -- Motiva refinery expansion contracts due
    Dresser-Rand said it is completing contracts with Motiva Enterprises to supply compression equipment and start-up services for the planned 325,000 b/d expansion of Motiva's 285,000 b/cd Port Arthur, Tex., refinery.
  • 06/16/2006 -- Ineos to expand Köln ethylene capacity
    Ineos Group Holdings Inc., Grangemouth, Scotland, plans to begin construction early next year on a €40 million expansion of the ethylene capacity at its olefins complex at Köln, Germany.
  • 06/15/2006 -- Fire, explosion hit idle Canadian refinery
    Ultramar Ltd., Montreal, is investigating the cause of a fire and resulting explosion June 14 at its 215,000 b/d Jean Gaulin refinery at Lévis (Saint-Romuald), near Quebec City.
  • 06/14/2006 -- Contract let for Lithuanian refinery upgrade
    AB Mazeikiu Nafta, Mazeikiai District, Lithuania, let a contract to Foster Wheeler Italiana SPA, Milan, for a comprehensive modernization of its 263,000 b/d Mazeikiai refinery in northwest Lithuania.
  • 06/12/2006 -- Sabic, citing costs, stops cracker project
    Saudi Basic Industries Corp. Europe has halted a cracker project in the Netherlands, citing "too high" investment costs and financial risks.
  • 06/09/2006 -- Syntroleum, Sustec to build CTL plant
    Syntroleum and Sustec Industries have agreed to jointly develop a 3,000 b/d Syntroleum Fischer-Tropsch and Synfining unit as part of a planned 20,000 b/d coal-to-liquid plant at Sustec's facility at Spreetal, Germany.
  • 06/08/2006 -- Syncrude's Mildred Lake plant due FGD unit
    Syncrude Canada Ltd. has let a $40 million contract to Washington Group International Inc. to perform detailed engineering and procurement services for an emissions reduction project at its synthetic crude oil production site in Mildred Lake, Alta.
  • 06/08/2006 -- House approves refinery permit processing legislation
    Voting largely along party lines, the US House passed a bill June 7 designed to facilitate refinery permit processing by a 238-179 vote. It now goes to the Senate, where its prospects aren't certain.
  • 06/07/2006 -- Qatar starts commercial-scale Oryx GTL plant
    Oryx GTL Ltd. has inaugurated the $950 million Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.
  • 06/07/2006 -- Shomar plans Philippines biodiesel plant
    Shomar International Trading Corp. of Japan plans to construct facilities valued at $189.3 million in the Philippines to produce biodiesel fuel made from the jathropa or "tuba-tuba" plant.
  • 06/05/2006 -- PDVSA considers building three refineries
    Petroleos de Venezuela SA is considering spending $10.5 billion to build refineries in Cabruta, Caripito, and Barinas with total capacities of 700,000 b/d, according to Alejandro Granado, PDVSA refining vice-president.
  • 06/05/2006 -- Plant to make biodiesel from crude palm oil
    Mission Biotechnologies Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Mission Biofuels Ltd., Perth, Australia, said it will use crude palm oil (CPO) as primary feedstock at a biodiesel and glycerine purification refinery under development at Kuantan Port in Pahang, Malaysia.
  • 06/05/2006 -- Central American refinery under discussion
    Ten Latin American countries led by Mexico and Colombia agreed to build a refinery as large as 350,000 b/d in Central America designed to ensure energy supplies at preferential prices.
  • 06/05/2006 -- Citgo pegs Corpus Christi spill at 5.5 bbl
    Citgo Refining & Chemicals Co. LP reported that initial estimates suggest that its Corpus Christi Refinery East Plant lost about 5.5 bbl of oil from a holding tank during a storm when oily water was released into the ship channel (OJG Online, June 1, 2006).
  • 06/02/2006 -- Petrobras to produce soy oil, diesel mix
    Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) said it would introduce a pioneering low-sulfur diesel production technology involving vegetable oils at two refineries by 2008.
  • 06/02/2006 -- Contract let for Sarroch sulfur units
    Saras SPA has let a contract to a unit of Foster Wheeler Ltd. for a gasoline desulfurization unit and related facilities at its 300,000 b/cd Sarroch refinery in Sardinia, Italy.
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