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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.

North Dakota topping plant due modular SRU

Dec 11, 2013

Partners in the 20,000-b/d Dakota Prairie Refining LLC topping plant in southwestern North Dakota have let contract to Principal Technology Inc., Plano, Tex., for a small, modular sulfur-recovery unit (SRU) and tail-gas treating unit.

Pertamina, PTTGC advance petrochemical complex plans

Dec 10, 2013

PT Pertamina of Indonesia and Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical PCL (PTTGC) have signed a manufacturing joint venture-heads of agreement to pursue the final investment decision for a petrochemical complex in Indonesia slated for commercial operation by 2018.

CAP secures funds for Indonesian cracker expansion

Dec 10, 2013

Indonesia’s PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP) has obtained funding to complete a planned naphtha cracker expansion to increase ethylene production at its plant in Ciwandan, Cilegon, in Banten Province.

Repar refinery running at reduced rates

Dec 9, 2013

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has reduced operations at its 193,000-b/d Presidente Getulio Vargas refinery (Repar) at Araucaria, Parana, Brazil, following a small fire at the plant on Nov. 28.

Fire hits at Sinclair refinery in Wyoming

Dec 9, 2013

Sinclair Oil Corp.’s 66,000-b/d Sinclair, Wyo., refinery is operating at near-to-normal rates after a fire at the plant on Dec. 6.

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