-- Aramco gets nod to build Jazan refinery Saudi Aramco was tapped to build and finance the $10 billion Jazan refinery. Its capacity will be 250,000-400,000 b/d, said Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi.
-- Petrotrin's cost of refinery upgrade escalates State-owned Petroleum Co. of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd. (Petrotrin) said the cost of upgrading its 175,000-b/d Pointe-a-Pierre refinery has escalated to $1.3 billion from earlier projections of just $350 million.
-- Total mulls over methane terminal at Dunkirk Total SA is mulling construction of a methane terminal at Dunkirk as well as diversification of its overall refining business, Industry Minister Christian Estrosi told the National Assembly.
-- Sunoco shuts refinery, sells PP business Sunoco Inc. has made permanent its closure of the 150,000-b/d Eagle Point refinery at Westville, NJ, and is selling its polypropylene business to Braskem SA.
-- Foster Wheeler to study Ugandan refinery The Ugandan government has let contract to Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering & Construction Group for a feasibility study of a 150,000-b/d refinery, which would be Uganda’s first.
-- QP awards NGL control system contract Qatar Petroleum has let a contract to Cegelec of Paris to replace, over the next 18 months the turbine and compressor control system for two NGL production trains in Mesaieed, Qatar.
-- Petrobras unit selects Fluor for US refinery study Pasadena Refining System Inc. (PRSI), a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has selected Fluor to provide front-end engineering study services for a prospective US refinery project.
-- Total delays decision on Dunkirk refinery Total SA postponed to the end of June its “final decision” on the future of the Dunkirk refinery that it previously said it would announce Feb. 1 at a special meeting of the Central Works Council.