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Processing 2007 P4

  • Tue Apr 03 12:04:00 CDT 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).
  • Mon Apr 09 11:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Mon Apr 09 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue Apr 10 09:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue Apr 10 11:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Wed Apr 11 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Thu Apr 12 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Mon Apr 16 11:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue Apr 17 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Thu Apr 19 11:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Thu Apr 19 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Mon Apr 23 11:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Wed Apr 25 12:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Fri Apr 27 04:04:00 CDT 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.
  • Wed May 02 12:05:00 CDT 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.
  • Mon May 07 11:05:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue May 08 11:05:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue May 08 12:05:00 CDT 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.
  • Tue May 08 19:05:00 CDT 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.
  • Fri May 11 13:05:00 CDT 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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