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Chevron’s Richmond refinery upgrade advances

Jul 11, 2014

Local officials have approved Chevron Corp. to proceed with the long-delayed $1 billion modernization of its 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery on the contingency the company agrees to implement additional recommendations into its project plans.

Okinawa refinery resumes operations following typhoon

Jul 11, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), is in the process of restarting operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa, Japan, following a shutdown ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region earlier in the week.

US House Refining Caucus formed

Jul 10, 2014

US Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) announced the formation of the House Refining Caucus with 21 Republicans and 5 Democrats as members. The group’s goal is to educate House members about issues refiners face and related impacts on consumers, he said on July 9. US Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) is co-chairman.

Sinochem commissions Quanzhou refining complex

Jul 10, 2014

Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinochem Group, has commissioned its 240,000-b/d refining complex at Quanzhou in southern Fujian Province, China.

Louisiana complex resumes full operations

Jul 9, 2014

Axiall Corp. has returned its vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plant at the company’s chemicals complex in Lake Charles, La., to full operating rates following a December 2013 fire.

Phillips 66 boosts capital expenditures for 2014

Jul 9, 2014

The board of Phillips 66 has approved a $1.2-billion increase for the company’s capital expenditures this year to $3.9 billion to support the company’s growth strategy.

Operations remain halted at Okinawa refinery

Jul 9, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has suspended operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa in southwestern Japan ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region.

Texas refinery completes capacity expansion

Jul 8, 2014

Alon USA Partners LP, Dallas, has completed a turnaround and vacuum tower project which, together, have resulted in increased crude oil processing capacity at its Big Spring, Tex., refinery.

Fire hits Port Arthur ethylene plant

Jul 8, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP said the cause of a fire at its petrochemical plant in Port Arthur, Tex., on the evening of July 7 has yet to be determined.

US industrial gas use seen up 19% by 2020

Jul 7, 2014

New projects will boost industrial use of natural gas in the US during 2012-20 by 19%, according to the Center for Energy Economics (CEE), part of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

International survey of ethylene from steam crackers — 2014

Jul 7, 2014

Rising demand, low-cost feed spur ethylene capacity growth

Jul 7, 2014

Global ethylene production capacity in 2013 rose at faster rates compared with 2012 and 2011 but still more slowly than record-setting capacity expansions achieved during 2010, according to Oil & Gas Journal's latest survey of the industry.

Dow advances Oyster Creek complex expansion, upgrade

Jul 7, 2014

Dow Chemical Co. will begin construction on the previously announced ethylene production expansion and upgrade project at its Oyster Creek complex in Freeport, Tex., on June 30, the company said.

ExxonMobil begins US Gulf Coast ethylene expansion project

Jul 7, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. has started construction on a multibillion dollar expansion at its Baytown, Tex., refining and petrochemical complex just east of Houston.

Canadian government approves Northern Gateway pipeline

Jul 7, 2014

Canada's federal government approved Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline project as long as it meets 209 conditions a joint review panel imposed in December.

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