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BIS lists six condensate export considerations

Jan 12, 2015

The US Bureau of Industry and Security listed six considerations it will use to help determine whether US-produced crude oil condensate is a petroleum product eligible for export.

China to subsidize Iranian refinery revamp

Jan 9, 2015

Iran is in the process of securing a credit line from China that would finance the rehabilitation and modernization of Iran’s 400,000-b/d Abadan refinery, the country’s oldest and largest crude oil processing complex.

Georgia invites bids for country’s first refinery

Jan 9, 2015

The government of Georgia is seeking investors to develop on a build, operate, and transfer basis what would be the country’s first refinery.

Start-up delayed for North Dakota refinery

Jan 9, 2015

Dakota Prairie Refining LLC, a joint venture of MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, ND, and its 50-50 partner Calumet Specialty Produces Partners LP, Indianapolis, has delayed commercial production of diesel fuel and other products at its 20,000-b/d diesel refinery in North Dakota until the second quarter.

Fitch: Regs limit demand response to price

Jan 9, 2015

Regulations meant to trim the use of oil products in the US will distort fuel-market adjustments to falling oil prices by putting the burden on supply, warns Fitch Ratings, New York.

Operations resume at Ghana’s sole refinery

Jan 8, 2015

State-owned Tema Oil Refinery Co. Ltd. (TOR) has resumed crude oil processing at its 45,000-b/d refinery in Tema, Ghana, after a nearly 4-month operational shutdown, according to Ghana’s Ministry of Energy & Petroleum (MEP).

Kazakhstan advances refinery modernization program

Jan 7, 2015

Kazakhstan’s state-owned KazMunaiGas (KMG) has secured financing from the Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC (DBK) for the continuing modernization of its 6-million tonne/year (tpy) Pavlodar refining and petrochemical complex.

BP lets contract for Belgian petrochemicals complex revamp

Jan 6, 2015

BP Chembel NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of BP PLC, has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif., to provide basic and detailed engineering services for a revamp of units at its 2 million-tonne/year petrochemicals complex in Geel, Belgium.

Petrotrin’s downstream takes hit from US shale, poor margins

Jan 6, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned oil company Petrotrin is blaming the shale oil revolution in the US and poor refining margins overall for a $60 million loss during its 2013-14 fiscal year.

Tall Oak expanding Oklahoma natural gas midstream

Jan 6, 2015

Tall Oak Midstream, LLC began natural gas gathering operations on its 150-mile STACK System, serving producers in Oklahoma’s STACK play (Sooner Trend, Anadarko basin and Oklahoma’s Canadian and Kingfisher counties).

Pemex advances clean energy plans at Salina Cruz refinery

Jan 6, 2015

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is in the process of converting its Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to operate on cleaner, more affordable fuels as part of the country’s recently inaugurated energy reform legislation.

Corrected maps narrow compressor performance prediction range

Jan 5, 2015

Tests on two in–service compressors show corrected performance maps can predict a compressor's performance within 5% relative error under most situations.

HollyFrontier wraps extended Kansas refinery maintenance

Jan 5, 2015

HollyFrontier Corp., Dallas, has completed a 3-month planned maintenance turnaround at its 135,000-b/d El Dorado, Kan., refinery following extended repairs required on one of the plant’s processing units.

Conflict at depth

Jan 5, 2015

Under new management, the US Senate will make the Keystone XL pipeline its first order of business in 2015 and energy in general a focus of continuing attention. Those subjects do need work. Open questions are whether Republicans understand the depth of the conflict and are prepared to argue their positions at all levels.

Room in storage

Jan 5, 2015

Rapid growth of oil stocks-a physical manifestation of the surplus that began crushing crude prices in mid-2014-raises a question: How much empty space exists in which to store oil?

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