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Processing 2007 P4

  • 04/03/2007 -- Chinese agency okays petrochemical project
    China's NDRC has granted permission to Sinopec for the construction of an 800,000-tpy ethylene plant and downstream petrochemical facilities in Wuhan, Hebei Province (OGJ, July 10, 2006, Newsletter).
  • 04/09/2007 -- China plans three petrochemical plants at Daqing
    Authorities in Daqing, China, near the projected terminus of Russia's East Siberia Pacific Ocean oil pipeline, are planning several large-scale petrochemicals developments.
  • 04/09/2007 -- Japan receives biomass ETBE for gasoline blending
    Japan has received its first-ever cargo of biomass fuel ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE), according to a leading Japanese ocean carrier.
  • 04/10/2007 -- UK gasoline sales up in '06 after long slide
    Gasoline sales in the UK reversed a 10-year slide last year, reports the Energy Institute, London.
  • 04/10/2007 -- Brazil to import palm oil to meet biodiesel mandate
    Brazil plans to step up its purchase of palm oil from Malaysia in order to meet a government mandate for a 2% biodiesel (B2) content in diesel starting Jan. 1, 2008.
  • 04/11/2007 -- China refinery due delayed coker heaters
    COPC let a supply contract to Foster Wheeler for two delayed coker heaters for a four-drum delayed coking unit to be installed at COPC's 250,000 b/d refinery in Huizhou, China.
  • 04/12/2007 -- Federal judge fines Sinclair Tulsa Refining
    A federal judge ordered Sinclair Tulsa Refining Co. on Apr. 4 to pay a $5 million criminal fine and sentenced two of its former managers to 6 months of home detention and 3 years of probation for violating provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
  • 04/16/2007 -- BP lets contract for Whiting refinery upgrades
    BP Products North America has let two major packages to Jacobs Engineering for work associated with a planned upgrade project to raise Canadian heavy crude processing at BP's 399,000 b/cd refinery in Whiting, Ind.
  • 04/17/2007 -- Problems for European refiners seen in EC sulfur proposals
    European refiners face new investment requirements at a difficult time, warns the International Energy Agency.
  • 04/19/2007 -- Corn-based ethanol unit being built in France
    The first corn-based ethanol biofuels unit to be built in France is due on stream in October 2008. It is designed to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of bioethanol.
  • 04/19/2007 -- Braskem, Pequiven to build petrochemical complex
    Petrochemical firms Braskem SA of Brazil and Pequiven of Venezuela have signed an agreement of intent to form two joint ventures to develop the Jose Complex petrochemical project in Venezuela.
  • 04/23/2007 -- Sinopec joint venture plans Chinese chemical plant
    Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery & Chemical has established a 4.44 billion yuan venture with Lyondell Chemical Co. to construct a propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) manufacturing facility in Ningbo, China, across Hangzhou Bay from Shanghai.
  • 04/25/2007 -- Suncor starts maintenance at Sarnia refinery
    Suncor Energy Products Inc., Calgary, said it will begin planned maintenance Apr. 25 at its 70,000 b/cd refinery in Sarnia, Ont.
  • 04/27/2007 -- Sonatrach lets EPC contract for Arzew LPG trains
    Algeria 's Sonatrach signed an EPC contract with Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries and Itochu for the construction of three separation trains at the GP1/Z LPG plant in western Algeria.
  • 05/02/2007 -- Total to pay $2.9 million, upgrade Port Arthur refinery
    Total Petrochemicals agreed to pay $2.9 million in fines and upgrade pollution controls at its 240,000 b/d Port Arthur, Tex., refinery to settle federal charges that it violated the CAA, the US DOJ and EPA said.
  • 05/07/2007 -- Trans-Peninsula to lay approved Malaysia oil line
    Malaysia has agreed to build a 320-km oil pipeline from northwestern Kedah state, across Perak state, to northeastern Kelantan state which fronts the South China Sea, reported Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The project would enable Middle Eastern shippers to reach East Asian markets without risking cargoes along the busy, pirate-prone Malacca Strait.
  • 05/08/2007 -- Indian Oil to participate in Iraq oil projects
    Iraq has invited India's largest refiner, Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), to establish refineries in war-torn Iraq and to participate in other downstream projects.
  • 05/08/2007 -- Japan to greatly increase products exports
    Japanese oil companies are planning to increase exports of petroleum products by as much as 50% this year due to a decline—for the fourth year running—in domestic demand for fuel oil.
  • 05/08/2007 -- Bolivia: Foreigners may not export products
    Bolivia's President Evo Morales has issued a decree that forbids Brazil's state-owned Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and other foreign companies from exporting certain oil products, making continued refinery ownership unlikely.
  • 05/11/2007 -- Bolivia to buy Petrobras refineries
    After 5 days of negotiations between Brazil's Petrobras and the Bolivian government, Bolivia's President Evo Morales said his country reached a deal to purchase the country's two refineries from Petrobras.

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