-- Shell chemical companies settle emissions cases Shell Chemical LP and Shell Chemical Yabucoa Inc. in Puerto Rico agreed to install pollution-reduction equipment at an estimated cost of $6 million as part of two comprehensive Clean Air Act settlements, federal regulators said.
-- HPCL upgrading its refineries in India Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) is upgrading its two refineries in India to meet Euro 4 emissions standards for high-speed diesel and gasoline.
-- CSB to investigate Tesoro Anacortes refinery blast The US Chemical Safety Board sent a 4-member team to investigate an explosion and fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Apr. 2 at Tesoro Corp.’s Anacortes, Wash., refinery. The incident killed 3 people and injured 4 others.
-- Qatar's condensate refinery at capacity The 146,000-b/d condensate refinery at Ras Laffan, Qatar, is operating at full capacity, officials of Qatargas, the operator, said at an inauguration ceremony.
-- New BC gas plant obtains NEB approval Canada’s National Energy Board last week approved a new gas plant to serve increased shale gas production from the Horn River basin in British Columbia.
-- Petroplus to buy Delaware City refinery Petroplus Holdings AG has agreed to buy Valero Energy Corp.’s idle refinery at Delaware City and said it plans to resume refining operations after performing “major” maintenance work over the next 9 months.
-- Tesoro curtails Anacortes crude processing Tesoro Corp. will shut down crude processing at its 120,000-b/d refinery at Anacortes, Wash., where an explosion in a naphtha hydrotreater killed three workers and injured four others on Apr. 2.
-- Petrom advances Petrobrazi refinery upgrade Petrom SA, OMV AG’s Romanian subsidiary, has let key contracts in its delayed modernization of the 4.5-million tonne/year Petrobrazi refinery in Ploesti (OGJ, June 15, 2009, p. 22).