-- Brunei approves refinery project Brunei has approved plans of privately held PetroBru Sdn. Bhd. for the construction of a 200,000 b/d refinery and storage facility in Pulau Muara Besar.
-- Dung Quat refinery on track for 2009 Petrovietnam next month plans to import 52,500 tonnes of diesel to test-run the 140,000 b/d Dung Quat refinery, the country's first, due to come on stream in February 2009.
-- Pertamina to raise product imports in October Indonesia's Pertamina plans to increase its imports of products in October to 13 million bbl from the normal 10 million bbl due to planned maintenance at its 125,000-b/d Balongan refinery.
-- Parliamentary deadlock holds up Kuwaiti refinery JGC Corp. and other companies awarded contracts to build a refinery complex in Kuwait are reported to be in an uncertain state due to a parliamentary deadlock in the Arab nation.
-- Pertamaina, Mitsui plan RCC units in central Java Indonesia's state-owned PT Pertamina and Mitsui & Co., following up on announcements made last year, are preparing plans to build a residual catalytic cracking plant at Cilacap in central Java.
-- Pertamina, Mitsui plan RCC units in central Java Indonesia's state-owned PT Pertamina and Mitsui & Co., following up on announcements made last year, are preparing plans to build a residual catalytic cracking plant at Cilacap in central Java.
-- Japanese refiners to cut products output Three Japanese refiners, who control some 35% of the nation's refining capacity, plan to cut their output by the end of the year due to reduced demand for fuels.
-- Kuwaiti oil minister confident about refinery support Kuwaiti's oil minister, rejecting allegations that he had violated any laws in the award of contracts, expressed confidence he would win parliamentary support to construct the 615,000 b/d Al-Zour refinery.
-- Idemitsu ups product exports as local demand sags Idemitsu Kosan, faced with declining domestic demand in its Asian markets, has signed an initial contract with Petroleos Mexicanos subsidiary PMI Trading to supply it with 200,000 kl/year of gas oil.
-- Pakistan refinery output drops as issues rise Pakistan refineries reduced gasoline production this month following drastic changes in the pricing formula, the availability of enough stocks, and a slight drop in consumption.
-- Napesa to build Saenz Pena, Argentina, refinery Argentina's Chaco province, which recently announced plans to promote oil exploration, has signed a letter of intent with local firm Napesa for the construction of a refinery in Saenz Pena.