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Processing 2009 P2

  • 12/07/2009 -- Boiler failure kills Valero refinery worker
    Officials of Valero Energy Corp. and regulatory authorities are investigating the cause of what the company described as “a failure of a boiler” that killed one worker and injured two others at the company’s 225,000-b/cd refinery at Texas City, Tex.
  • 12/04/2009 -- Kupe gas project off New Zealand starts up
    Origin Energy New Zealand Ltd. has begun commissioning the offshore Kupe field with initial production, moving natural gas and liquids ashore via pipeline to a gas processing plant at Hawera (see map, OGJ, July 16, 2001, p. 38).
  • 12/04/2009 -- Petrobras signs contracts for delayed refinery
    Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has signed five contracts, valued at $5.165 billion, for the planned 230,000-b/d Abreu e Lima refinery, a joint venture with Petroleos de Venezuela SA (OGJ, Nov. 9, 2009, Newsletter).
  • 12/01/2009 -- ExxonMobil starts Rotterdam aromatics unit
    ExxonMobil Chemical has started up an expansion of its Rotterdam aromatics plant (OGJ, Oct. 1, 2007, Newsletter).
  • 11/25/2009 -- Linde, Sabic say LAO technology commercial
    Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) and Linde Group say linear alpha olefins (LAO) technology they jointly developed is commercial (OGJ, Jan. 9, 2006, p. 48).
  • 11/20/2009 -- Valero to close Delaware City refinery
    Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio, will permanently close its 210,000-b/d Delaware City, Del., refinery, citing financial losses caused by “very poor economic conditions, significant capital spending requirements, and high operating costs.”
  • 11/20/2009 -- Silver Eagle shuts Utah refinery at CSB suggestion
    Silver Eagle Refining Inc. has shut down its 12,500 b/cd Woods Cross refinery in Utah on the suggestion of the US Chemical Safety Board and state officials.
  • 11/19/2009 -- Petrobras to start refinery expansion works
    Brazil’s Petroleo Brazileiro SA (Petrobras) and the Rio Grande do Norte state government signed the final contract for expansion works at the Refiniaria Potiguar Clara Camarao, aiming to boost its installed capacity and deploy a gasoline production unit.
  • 11/19/2009 -- New refinery planned for Colombia
    Ecopetrol’s Refineria de Cartagena SA has hired CB&I, Houston, to provide engineering, procurement services, and construction for a new 165,000-b/d refinery adjacent Reficar’s refinery in Cartagena, Colombia.
  • 11/18/2009 -- ConocoPhillips delays refinery upgrade
    ConocoPhillips has confirmed plans to delay the upgrade of its 260,000-b/d Wilhelmshaven refinery in Germany.

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