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Peru mandates upgrade for Talara refinery

Dec 19, 2013

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso has enacted legislation that mandates a long-planned modernization and upgrade of the Talara refinery be completed by 2017 on the grounds of public necessity and national interest.

Nova Chemicals plans ethylene capacity expansion

Dec 19, 2013

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, is planning several expansions and upgrades to its existing Canadian operations to take advantage of cost-competitive pricing for North American NGL feedstock, the company said in a Dec. 18 release.

OMV agrees to sell its Bayernoil interest

Dec 19, 2013

OMV has agreed to sell its 45% interest in the Bayernoil refining complex near Ingolstadt, Germany, and related businesses to Varo Energy BV, a midstream company owned by The Carlyle Group and Vitol Group. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Contract let for Vietnam’s Nghi Son refinery

Dec 18, 2013

Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC, through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for two hydrogen reformers to be constructed at its 200,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam. 

BP’s Whiting refinery upgrade on stream

Dec 18, 2013

BP PLC has brought on stream all new and reconfigured units in the modernization of its 413,000-b/d refinery at Whiting, Ind. The project included a 102,000-b/d coker that came online last month.

Feds call for revamp in safety regulation at US refineries

Dec 17, 2013

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has proposed a more-rigorous safety management regulatory framework for refineries in California that could extend to refining complexes across the nation.

FEED contract let for Qatari petrochemical plant

Dec 16, 2013

Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Qapco) has let a front-end engineering and design contract to Italy’s Tecnimont SPA for the Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan.

Oil and rail safety

Dec 15, 2013

With movement of oil by rail rising sharply, producers and refiners have corresponding interest in developments affecting an industry on which they increasingly depend.

Fire cuts output at Montana refinery

Dec 13, 2013

CHS Inc.’s 55,000-b/d Laurel, Mont., refinery is operating at reduced rates following a fire at the plant on Dec. 13.

Pertamina seeks to expand asphalt production capacity

Dec 12, 2013

Indonesia’s state-owned PT Pertamina and South Korea’s SK Energy Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study for a 1.5 million-tonne/year asphalt plant at Pertamina’s 348,000-b/d Cilacap refinery on Java, Indonesia.

Flint Hills, environmental groups reach accord on West refinery expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Flint Hills Resources has agreed to implement additional emissions-reduction measures and more-stringent monitoring for proposed projects aimed at increasing processing capabilities for Eagle Ford crude at its 230,000-b/d West refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Williams proceeding with Geismar olefins plant expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Williams Olefins LLC, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP, said it intends to proceed with expansion plans at its Geismar olefins plant as the company continues to review the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s release of findings related to an investigation into a June explosion at the Geismar, La., site.

Feinstein, Coburn offer bill to end corn ethanol mandate

Dec 12, 2013

US Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill that would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate within the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel blended into gasoline refined and consumed in the US.

EIA: Crude oil runs touch highest rates since July

Dec 11, 2013

US refiners boosted crude oil throughputs last week to their highest levels since mid-July, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration.

Advanced biofuels could remove blend wall, Senate panel told

Dec 11, 2013

Continued support of developing next-generation transportation biofuels could create alternatives that existing engines and distribution systems can safely handle, two federal government witnesses suggested.

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