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Dec 8, 2014

International news for oil and gas professionals

Cost-benefit believability

Dec 8, 2014

In anticipation of what might become the costliest federal regulation in US history, Congress should join the Supreme Court in reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency's skewed approach to the economic consequences of its actions.

EPA air proposals should recognize progress, API official says

Dec 8, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency should recognize progress that is continuing before it considers imposing costly new air quality requirements, an American Petroleum Institute official suggested.

EPA poses tighter ground-level ozone pollution controls

Dec 8, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed reducing ground-level emissions limits to 65-70 ppb from its current level of 75 ppb. It also will take comments on possibly cutting limits to 60 ppb.

Reliance expands desalination plant at Jamnagar refinery

Dec 5, 2014

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, is scheduled to receive proprietary PX technology from Energy Recovery Inc., San Leandro, Calif., as part of an expansion that will switch current desalination operations from a thermal to reverse osmosis process at its Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

Start-up continues at Abreu e Lima refinery

Dec 5, 2014

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has initiated the start-up of furnaces in the atmospheric distillation unit at its Abreu e Lima refinery (Rnest) at the port of Suape, near Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state.

Sasol lets contract for Louisiana polyethylene plant

Dec 4, 2014

Sasol Ltd. has let a contract to Toyo Engineering Korea Ltd. (TEK), a subsidiary of Toyo Engineering Corp., for work related to its proposed integrated ethane cracker and downstream derivatives complex in Westlake, near Lake Charles, La.

Fire hits ORPIC’s Muscat refinery

Dec 4, 2014

A fire that hit Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co.’s (ORPIC) 106,000-b/d Mina Al Fahal refinery near Muscat, Oman, on Dec. 4 has been contained, the company said.

Pemex lets contract for delayed coking unit

Dec 4, 2014

Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has let a contract to Fluor Corp. unit ICA Fluor’s industrial engineering-construction joint venture with Empresas ICA SAB de CV to build a delayed coker at the Miguel Hidalgo Refinery in Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico.

Gazprom Neft reviews progress on refinery modernization efforts

Dec 3, 2014

The second phase of JSC Gazprom Neft’s program to modernize and upgrade its Russian refineries to improve processing capacities, oil conversion rates, energy efficiency, production quality, and environmental impacts remains on schedule for targeted completion by 2020, according to a recent review of the program by the company’s board.

Flint Hills breaks ground on Texas refinery expansion

Dec 2, 2014

Flint Hills Resources, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., has started construction on a project designed to increase processing capabilities for US crude oil at its 230,000-b/d West refinery at Corpus Christi, Tex.

Keyera to own interest in new deep-cut gas plant

Dec 2, 2014

Keyera Corp., Calgary, will take a 35% stake with Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Calgary, in a deep-cut natural gas processing plant and related pipelines currently under construction by Bellatrix in the Alder Flats in west-central Alberta.

Williams targets December start for Geismar ethylene sales

Dec 2, 2014

Williams Partners LP is in the final stages of commissioning and plans to begin ethylene sales from its newly expanded Geismar, La., olefins plant after a series of delays following a 2013 explosion at the site.

Lotte Chemical lets contract for Malaysian cracker revamp

Dec 2, 2014

Malaysiaian olefins producer Lotte Chemical Titan (M) Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of South Korea’s Lotte Chemical Corp., has let a contract to KBR Inc. the revamp of an existing steam cracker plant at its 300-acre integrated petrochemical complex located across five sites in Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Langsat in Johor, Malaysia.

Rosneft to increase ownership in German refinery

Dec 1, 2014

OAO Rosneft has agreed to purchase Total SA’s 16.67% share in the 11.5-million tonne/year PCK Raffinerie GMBH refinery located along Druzhba pipeline in Schwedt, Germany, about 120 km northeast of Berlin.

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