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Processing 2006 P8

  • 04/24/2006 -- Letter signed for Yansab petrochemical units
    Saudi Basic Industries Corp. affiliate Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. has signed a letter of intent with Shaw Stone & Webster Inc. for the detailed engineering, procurement, and construction of a butene and aromatics plant at the large Yansab petrochemicals complex under development in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.
  • 04/24/2006 -- Automated pilot converts JP8 to hydrogen
    Unitel Technologies Inc., Mount Prospect, Ill., has designed and built a fully automated pilot plant for making fuel-cell hydrogen from JP8 (kerosene jet fuel).
  • 04/13/2006 -- Japan eyes coal-to-liquid scheme for China
    Japan plans to help Chinese companies liquefy coal in an effort to satisfy the soaring demand for energy in China.
  • 04/10/2006 -- ONGC awards order for NGL plant at Dahej
    India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. has awarded Toyo Engineering Corp. a ¥20 billion order for the construction of an NGL extraction plant at Dahej in Gujarat state.
  • 04/10/2006 -- Ruhr Oel orders ethylene cracking furnaces
    Ruhr Oel GMBH hired Linde AG for the turnkey installation of five cracking furnaces for an ethylene plant at the company's Gelsenkirchen-Scholven site in Germany. The total order value is €130 million.
  • 04/07/2006 -- Topsoe wins hydrogen plant deal in S. Korea
    SK Corp. has awarded Haldor Topsoe AS, Lyngby, Denmark, a contract for a 110 MMscfd hydrogen plant at its 817,000 b/cd refinery at Ulsan, South Korea. The hydrogen plant will be part of a new resid hydrodesulfurization unit able to use multiple feedstocks.
  • 04/06/2006 -- KNPC prequalifies firms for refinery work
    Kuwait National Petroleum Co. has prequalified 11 companies for construction of a 600,000 b/d refinery 100 km south of Kuwait City in the Al-Zour area.
  • 04/06/2006 -- Indonesia plans four biodiesel pilot plants
    The Indonesian government plans to build four pilot biodiesel plants in 2006, aiming to use them as models to promote alternative energy.
  • 04/03/2006 -- Oil shipping rates expected to fall in 2006
    Freight rates for oil tankers will decline further in 2006 due to excess shipping capacity, analysts told delegates at Intertanko's Singapore Tanker Event.
  • 03/30/2006 -- Nippon Oil hikes China Oil consignment refining
    Japan's Nippon Oil Corp. said it will step up refining activity under a consignment agreement with the PetroChina Co. group, raising output next month by 30% to 40,000 b/d.
  • 03/30/2006 -- CEPSA picks UOP for refinery expansion
    Spanish integrated CEPSA Group (Compañía Española de Petróleos SA) has let a contract to UOP LLC for eight process units for the expansion and upgrade of its 100,000 b/cd La Rábida Refinery in Huelva, Spain.
  • 03/30/2006 -- SK lets contract for FCC unit at Ulsan
    SK Corp. has let a contract to Shaw Stone & Webster for the basic design, procurement of critical equipment, and project management for a 60,000 b/sd FCC unit at its 817,000 b/cd refinery in Ulsan, South Korea.
  • 03/29/2006 -- Trade groups blame MTBE supply slide on energy bill
    A steep decline in the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether as a gasoline additive results from refusal by Congress to adopt MTBE liability limits as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a former chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores told a US Senate committee Mar. 29.
  • 03/28/2006 -- High ethanol, gasoline prices likely in near term
    Gasoline and ethanol prices are likely to rise in the near term across the US, according to D. Mark Routt, a Dallas-based senior oil analyst with Energy Security Analysis Inc. of Wakefield, Mass.
  • 03/28/2006 -- Supply contract let for Serb biodiesel plant
    The Victoria Group of Novi Sad, Serbia, has let a contract to Lurgi AG, Frankfurt, for the supply of equipment for a 100,000 tonne/year biodiesel plant and a related vegetable oil plant of the same size to be built in Sid near Belgrade.
  • 03/27/2006 -- Neste, OMV plan biofuels plant in Austria
    Neste Oil Corp. and OMV AG have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly build a 200,000 tonne/year biodiesel plant at OMV's 208,600 b/cd Schwechat refinery in Austria.
  • 03/24/2006 -- Port Jerome/NDG complex due maintenance
    Esso SAF's Port Jerome/NDG 233,000 b/d refining and petrochemical complex near Le Havre in Normandy, France, will be shut down for maintenance costing €25 million through mid-April, according to Dominique Badel, Esso's chairman and chief executive.
  • 03/21/2006 -- NPRA: Hatch describes support for refining investment
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) outlined his legislation encouraging investment in refining capacity to attendees at the National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
  • 03/21/2006 -- French group to study port strike effects
    The French oil companies' trade group Union Française des Industries Pétrolières (UFIP) has set up a working group to examine ways to reduce vulnerability of the four refineries on the French Riviera to the frequent labor action plaguing the ports of Fos, Lavera, and Etang de Berre refinery sites.
  • 03/21/2006 -- FEED pact let for Greek refinery upgrade
    Hellenic Petroleum SA has let a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to a unit of Foster Wheeler Ltd. for the upgrade of the 100,000 b/cd Elefsina refinery in Greece. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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