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Washington state enacts new regulation for refineries

Jun 9, 2014

The state of Washington has adopted a new rule that will require refineries in the state to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025.

Environmental review issued for California refinery revamp

Jun 9, 2014

California's Kern County Planning & Community Development Department (KCPCDD) has issued a draft environmental impact report for Alon USA Energy Inc.'s request to increase the flexibility of its 70,000-b/d Bakersfield, Calif., refinery to process cost-advantaged light crude oils sourced from North American shale regions.

Group sues to halt California refinery revamp

Jun 6, 2014

A California-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit requesting a state superior court to revoke a permit that would allow Chevron Corp. to proceed with its long-delayed plan for a $1 billion modernization project at the 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery.

Federal chemical safety working group issues initial status report

Jun 6, 2014

An online best practices repository has been established as one of several early steps to improve chemical plant safety and security, a federal interagency working group said in its initial status report to US President Barack Obama. The president issued an executive order for its formation on Aug. 1, 2013. The status report followed progress updates in December and February.

Permian basin processing pushed by agreements, plant expansion

Jun 5, 2014

Canyon Midstream Partners LLC, Houston, has signed gathering and processing agreements with ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. and Apache Corp. for midstream services on Canyon’s James Lake system in the Permian basin.

Fractionation to be added to Pennsylvania complex

Jun 5, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, and Energy & Minerals Group (EMG), Houston, will add fractionation capacity at their Hopedale complex in Harrison County, Ohio, to handle increasing NGL production from the Utica and Marcellus shales “under newly contracted commitments from numerous producers,” the companies said.

Explosion hits Shell’s Netherlands Moerdijk plant

Jun 5, 2014

An investigation is under way into an explosion that took place late on June 3 at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Moerdijk petrochemical plant in the Netherlands.

Uganda advances plans for first refinery

Jun 4, 2014

Uganda’s government has received proposals from four international companies bidding to build and construct the country’s first refinery and related infrastructure in the Lake Albert region of Buseruka Subcounty, Hoima District, Uganda.

API issues refinery safety standards

Jun 4, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute issued three first-edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs.

Repairs shutter ethylene production at Stavrolen complex

Jun 4, 2014

Repair work at Lukoil’s 350,000-tonne/year Stavrolen petrochemical complex in Budennovsk, Russia, following a February fire will shutter production of ethylene and propylene at the site for 6 months, the company said.

More Pennsylvania Marcellus processing starts up

Jun 2, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, has begun operations at its 120-MMcfd Bluestone II cryogenic gas processing plant, its 20,000-b/d C2+ fractionator, and its 32-mile C2 pipeline connecting to Mariner West.

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Jun 2, 2014

US MIDSTREAM UPDATE: New series to cover US midstream developments

Jun 2, 2014

This article is the first in a series that will broadly focus on the US midstream industry, and it supplants the series that since 2005 has focused on supply-demand and pricing trends in US propane markets.

What's at Mont Belvieu?

Jun 2, 2014

With its strategic location along the US Gulf Coast, proximity to major refining complexes, underground storage capacity, and access to onshore and offshore transportation for shipping liquids to market, Mont Belvieu, Tex., continues to attract plans for fractionation expansions alongside North America's flourishing shale gas production.

Surging ethane supplies prompt export plans

Jun 2, 2014

Surging ethane extraction capability in US shale plays has given it a price advantage relative to naphtha and made it a viable export commodity.

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