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EPA leads investigation of crude discharge at BP Whiting refinery

Mar 26, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency took formal charge of investigation and cleanup efforts after an undetermined amount of crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP PLC’s Whiting, Ind., refinery.

TonenGeneral slashes crude capacity at Chiba refinery

Mar 26, 2014

TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK said it plans to cut crude oil processing capacity at its 175,000-b/d Chiba refinery Keiyo, Japan, to comply with a 2010 ordinance enacted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) requiring Japanese refiners to raise their mandatory cracking-to-crude distillation capacity ratio to 13% or higher from 10% by March 2014.

Idemitsu Kosan restarts ethylene unit, permanently idles crude unit

Mar 26, 2014

Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. has restarted operations at its Tokuyama petrochemical complex in Japan after an earthquake off the island of Kyushu resulted in the shutdown of all units at the facility on Mar. 14.

Neste Oil advances power plant revamp at Porvoo refinery

Mar 26, 2014

The environmental impact assessment report on a project to modernize the power plant at Neste Oil’s 205,000-b/d Porvoo, Finland, refinery has been completed, the company reported.

Yanchang Petro lets contract for Chinese processing plants

Mar 26, 2014

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co. Ltd. (Yanchang Petro) has let a contract to Yokogawa China Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corp., to supply control systems for two oil plant construction projects in China.

IHS International: US poised to lead world exports of LPG

Mar 25, 2014

US shale gas development has the country poised to become a major global supplier of LPG, mainly to Asia, during 2015-20 with US exports outdistancing other global suppliers by the end of the forecast period.

BASF-Total venture starts up 10th furnace at Port Arthur steam cracker

Mar 24, 2014

BASF Total Petrochemicals LCC (BTP) reported the startup of a 10th furnace at its steam cracker facility in Port Arthur, Tex.

Phillips 66 considers splitter at Sweeny refinery

Mar 21, 2014

Phillips 66 is evaluating the potential for the addition of a condensate splitter near its 247,000-b/d Sweeny refinery in Old Ocean, Tex., just southwest of Houston.

Second small diesel refinery planned for North Dakota

Mar 21, 2014

Quantum Energy Inc. (QEI), Tempe, Ariz., said it has secured land for the construction of a 20,000-b/d grassroots hydroskimming refinery in North Dakota’s Williston basin Bakken shale region.

Flint Hills settles Port Arthur pollution case

Mar 20, 2014

Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has reached a settlement with the US federal government to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at the company’s 635,000-tonne/year (tpy) chemical plant in Port Arthur, Tex.

WoodMac: Global ethylene demand, production on the rise

Mar 20, 2014

Ethylene-producing assets that have access to low-cost natural gas feedstocks, such as the ones in North America, will lead the competition in global ethylene markets, Wood Mackenzie researchers said, adding that ethylene producers will have to utilize different strategies depending on their location in order to stay competitive.

DCP Midstream to expand Permian sour processing capacity

Mar 20, 2014

DCP Midstream LLC, Denver, will build a 200-MMcfd sour natural gas processing plant in Lea County, NM, to meet demand from growing Permian basin production, the company reported.

Chevron’s Richmond refinery project advances

Mar 19, 2014

The city of Richmond, Calif., has released a long-awaited draft environmental impact report (EIR) for Chevron Corp.’s $1 billion modernization project at its 257,000-b/d Richmond refinery.

Flint Hills proposes $300 million refinery upgrade

Mar 19, 2014

Flint Hills Resources (FHR), Wichita, Kan., plans to invest $300 million in two projects that would improve both energy efficiency as well as clean fuels production at its 339,000-b/d Pine Bend refinery at Rosemount, Minn.

EPP lets contract for another Gulf Coast PDH unit

Mar 18, 2014

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP), Houston, has let a $100 million contract to CB&I, Houston, for pipe fabrication for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Mont Belvieu, Tex.

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