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Planned, unplanned maintenance under way at Venezuelan refineries

Feb 27, 2015

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) is conducting both planned and unplanned maintenance work at three of its Venezuelan refineries.

Shell’s Pearl GTL plant enters planned maintenance

Feb 27, 2015

Qatar Shell Ltd., a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, has started a scheduled maintenance turnaround on one of two identical production trains at its Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City.

RIL lets contract for Jamnagar refinery expansion work

Feb 26, 2015

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has let a contract to Metso Corp., Helsinki, to supply valve technology as part of the Phase 3 expansion project at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

Oneok halting construction at three gas plants

Feb 24, 2015

Oneok Partners LP, Tulsa, has suspended construction on 500 MMcfd of gas processing capacity at three plants in the Williston basin of North Dakota, Powder River basin in Wyoming, and Anadarko basin in Oklahoma. The actions are in response to lower commodity prices, especially for natural gas and NGLs, the company reported in its Feb. 24 earnings call.

Work stoppages commence at largest US refinery, three other facilities

Feb 23, 2015

The United Steelworkers union (USW) has launched additional work stoppages at the largest refinery in the US and three other facilities as part of USW’s unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.

API: US oil product demand reached highest January level since 2008

Feb 23, 2015

US oil product demand rose 1.5% year-to-year to an average 19.2 million b/d in January, its highest level for the month since 2008, the American Petroleum Institute reported. Gasoline demand growth was strongest, reaching a 6-year January peak of 8.7 million b/d, 6.3% more than in January 2014, API said in its latest Monthly Statistical Report.

US House vote sends Keystone XL approval bill to Obama's desk

Feb 23, 2015

The US House of Representatives voted by 270 to 152 to pass S. 1, which would deem the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline approved more than 6 years after sponsor TransCanada Corp. applied for its presidential crossborder permit.

We draw our own lines here

Feb 23, 2015

One of the most rewarding events in the career of an OGJ editor can be the experience of opening his or her e-mail to find among the typical daily dross a line or two from our readers.

Expansion work progresses at Lukoil’s Volgograd refinery

Feb 20, 2015

Contruction activities related to the expansion of OAO Lukoil’s 11 million-tonne/year Volgograd refinery in southern Russia are proceeding as planned, with start-up of units at the plant still on schedule for 2015-16.

Tesoro advances projects at Anacortes refinery

Feb 20, 2015

Tesoro Corp. plans to move forward with two complementary projects to enhance production of cleaner products at its 120,000-b/d Anacortes, Wash., refinery, about 70 miles north of Seattle.

Yara-BASF JV to build Texas ammonia plant

Feb 20, 2015

A joint venture of Yara International ASA and BASF Group has agreed to build a world-scale ammonia plant in Freeport, Tex., that will require expansion of hydrogen-production capacity by supplier Praxair Inc.

SIBUR advances grassroots petrochemicals complex

Feb 20, 2015

ZapSibNeftekhim LLC, a subsidiary of Russian petrochemical manufacturer OAO SIBUR Holding, Moscow, has started construction on its long-planned integrated ethylene, polyethylene and polypropylene production complex at Tobolsk in Western Siberia’s Tyumen region.

India’s IOC to invest in processing-related upgrades, expansions

Feb 19, 2015

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOC) has approved a series of expansions and upgrades designed to improve fuel quality and production at several of its refining and petrochemical operations in India.

PwC: Chemicals industry M&A activity in 2014 reached 10-year high

Feb 19, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the US chemicals business ramped up substantially in 2014, recording the highest volume in a decade and reaching the highest deal value since 2007, according to a quarterly analysis of the global deal activity in the chemicals industry by PwC US.

ExxonMobil investigating explosion at Torrance refinery

Feb 19, 2015

An investigation is under way into the cause of an explosion and ensuing fire that took place at ExxonMobil Corp.’s 149,500-b/d Torrance, Calif., refinery on Feb. 18.

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