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Once more into the breach...

Jun 1, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal's 2015 Worldwide Gas Processing Report, which starts on p. 58, is my 31st effort to update OGJ readers. It's also my last.

FOURTH-QUARTER 2014 FIRST-QUARTER 2015: Oil price collapse will slow midstream's growth

Jun 1, 2015

In the second article of this new series on midstream industry trends and developments, discussion shifted from a 10-year review to an analysis of quarterly trends in US gas plant NGL production, domestic demand, and LPG exports. That second article also reviewed the expansion of the NGL raw-mix pipeline grid during 2009-13.

Coast Guard cadets summoned to battle climatological foe

Jun 1, 2015

Confusion evident in President Barack Obama's commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy raises a question bearing on American foreign policy: Is it possible the administration has let its obsession with global warming skew relationships with oil-producing allies?

Ethane availability spurs US infrastructure build

May 29, 2015

Strong natural gas production and ethane extraction in US shale plays have created an oversupply of NGLs, but plunging crude prices at the same time have reduced their global competitiveness with naphtha as a petrochemical feedstock.

EPA proposes renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015, and 2016

May 29, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014 that it said reflect the year’s actual biofuel use, and for 2105 and 2016 and, for biodiesel, quotas through 2017 that increase steadily over time.

Malfunction forces unit shutdown at Ohio refinery

May 29, 2015

A compressor malfunction has forced an unplanned shutdown of the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) at PBF Energy Inc.’s 170,000-b/d refinery at Toledo, Ohio.

Chevron sheds stake in New Zealand refinery

May 29, 2015

Chevron New Zealand has inked a deal to sell its interest in New Zealand Refining Co. Ltd. (NZRC), which operates the 107,000-b/d Marsden Point refinery at Northland on the North Island’s east coast.

Victoria unit buys gas plant in Cameroon

May 27, 2015

Victoria Oil & Gas PLC, London, said a wholly owned subsidiary has completed the $2.578-million purchase of a natural gas processing plant at Logbaba gas field in Douala, Cameroon, from Expro Worldwide BV.

Lukoil commissions new plant at Bulgarian refinery

May 26, 2015

Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD, a subsidiary of Russia’s OAO Lukoil, has commissioned a heavy-residue hydrocracking complex at its 9.8 million-tonne/year refinery in Burgas, Bulgaria, along the Black Sea.

EIA: Crack spreads higher due to low oil prices, rising demand

May 25, 2015

Gasoline crack spreads in the US, especially on the East Coast, have reached several-year highs in recent months, according to a recent report from the US Energy Information Administration.

Total details revamp, conversion plan for French refineries

May 25, 2015

Total SA said it will spend €600 million to revitalize its refining business in France with projects that include an overhaul of the 220,000-b/d Donges refinery near Saint Nazaire, as well as a permanent shuttering of crude processing activities at the 153,000-b/d La Mede refinery on the French Riviera.

Court greenlights Chevron's Richmond refinery project

May 25, 2015

A California superior court has cleared the way for Chevron Corp. to proceed without further delay in executing its long-planned, $1-billion project to modernize operations at the company's 257,000-b/d refinery in Richmond, Calif.

OGJ Newsletter

May 25, 2015

International news for oil and gas professionals

Petroperu advances Talara refinery modernization

May 21, 2015

State-owned Petroleos del Peru SA (Petroperu), through a contractor, has let a contract to Flowserve Corp., Irving, Tex., for the supply of pumping systems to be installed as part the long-planned modernization and upgrade of its 62,000-b/d Talara refinery at Piura, about 1,200 km north of Lima (OGJ Online, Dec. 19, 2013).

Marathon Petroleum settles federal Clean Air Act allegations

May 20, 2015

Marathon Petroleum Corp. agreed to pay a $2.9 million fine, retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits worth $200,000, and spend more than $2.8 million to install pollution controls on facilities in three states to resolve charges that it violated the Clean Air Act (CAA), the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.

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