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Processing 2008 P6

  • 08/01/2008 -- Fuel demand falls in France
    Demand for motor fuels in France dropped by 10% in June vs. year-ago figures reported by the Union Francaise des Industries Petrolieres (UFIP) trade group.
  • 07/31/2008 -- Hellenic lets refinery upgrading contracts
    Hellenic Petroleum has awarded EPC management contracts to Foster Wheeler for an upgrading project at the company's refinery at Thessaloniki in Northern Greece.
  • 07/25/2008 -- API reports 3% drop in US oil demand during 2008's first six months
    US oil demand dropped 3% in 2008's first six months as gasoline deliveries fell 1.7% in their first significant six-month decrease since 1991, the American Petroleum Institute reported.
  • 07/24/2008 -- China's NDRC approves biodiesel pilot projects
    China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), focusing on new output targets, has approved three biodiesel pilot projects involving total capacity of 170,000 tonnes.
  • 07/24/2008 -- Petroleos del Peru to loop Norperuano pipeline
    Peru's Petroleos del Peru plans to invest $50 million for an extension to the 852-km Norperuano oil pipeline that runs to the Pacific coast from fields in the northeastern jungle region.
  • 07/23/2008 -- Samsung to build biodiesel plant in Indonesia
    Samsung Group intends to invest $1.63 billion to develop a 25,000-hectare oil palm plantation and biodiesel plant in Indonesia's Riau province.
  • 07/22/2008 -- PetroVietnam lets Nghi Son refinery design contract
    State-owned PetroVietnam has awarded Foster Wheeler a contract to design the 200,000 b/d Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical project, effective July 18.
  • 07/21/2008 -- PetroRabigh refinery upgrades near completion
    PetroRabigh, a joint venture of Aramco and Sumitomo Chemicals, plans to complete the $10 billion upgrades to its 400,000 b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Rabigh in the fourth quarter.
  • 07/16/2008 -- PetroChina selects UOP for petrochemicals complex
    PetroChina Sichuan Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of PetroChina Co. Ltd., has selected UOP LLC to supply technology, basic engineering services, and equipment for a new integrated refining and petrochemicals complex to be installed at its facility near Chengdu, in Sichuan Province.
  • 07/16/2008 -- Petrobras lets refineries engineering, automation
    Zurich engineering firm ABB signed a $61-million frame agreement with Petroleo Brasileiro SA to supply process automation systems and related services to eight oil refineries in Brazil over 5 years. The agreement includes $29 million for engineering services.
  • 07/15/2008 -- Saudi Arabia to seek Jizan refinery bids Sept. 6
    Saudi Arabia, renewing efforts for the construction of a long delayed facility, will issue tenders in September for a new oil refinery in the southern province of Jizan, according to local media.
  • 07/15/2008 -- NOC, Star group to upgrade Ras Lanuf refinery
    Libya's National Oil Corp. (NOC) signed a 50:50 joint venture agreement with the Star Consortium of TransAsia Gas International and Star Petro Energy covering improvement of the existing 220,000-b/d Ras Lanuf export refinery.
  • 07/12/2008 -- Sonatrach lets contract for Algerian treatment facility
    Algeria's state-owned Sonatrach has awarded a ¥50 billion contract to engineering firm JGC Corp. for the construction of an oil and natural gas treatment facility in Algeria.
  • 07/11/2008 -- Cracked pipe caused propane fire at Valero McKee refinery, CSB says
    Water which leaked through a valve, froze and cracked an out-of-service section of piping was the likely cause of a Feb. 16, 2007 fire at a Texas oil refinery, the US Chemical Safety Board said.
  • 07/10/2008 -- CSB reveals likely cause of Valero refinery fire
    The Feb. 16, 2007, fire at Valero Energy Corp.' McKee Refinery in Sunray, Tex., likely was caused by water that leaked through a valve, froze, and cracked an out-of-service section of piping, reported the US Chemical Safety Board July 9.
  • 07/08/2008 -- StatoilHydro lets Mongstad refinery upgrade work
    StatoilHydro has let an engineering and procurement contract to M.W. Kellogg Ltd. to upgrade the coker unit at its 186,000 b/d Mongstad refinery near Bergen, Norway.
  • 07/08/2008 -- IRS issues regs to encourage refinery expansions
    The US IRS has issued temporary regulations and a notice of proposed rulemaking to encourage expansion of existing US refineries and construction of new plants as mandated by the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
  • 07/08/2008 -- Alon USA completes Krotz Springs refinery acquisition
    Alon USA Energy Inc., Dallas, has completed the acquisition of the 83,100 b/d refinery in Krotz Springs, La., from Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio.
  • 07/05/2008 -- Petrobras JV formed to export Brazilian bioethanol
    A 20-60-20 JV comprised of Petrobras, Itaruma Participaces, and Mitsui has been established with the aim of exporting bioethanol from Brazil to markets in Japan, Europe, and North America.
  • 07/03/2008 -- Copersucar to supply Brazil ethanol to Japan
    Brazilian ethanol producer Copersucar has signed an agreement to supply 200 million l./year of ethanol exports to Japan Biofuels Supply.
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