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European refiner squeeze seen in W. African crude changes

Aug 27, 2014

European refining is pivotal in “a second wave of structural changes” pummeling West African (WAF) crude oil prices in response to growing production of light oil in North America, notes a report from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, London.

MRPL commissions FCC at Mangalore refinery

Aug 27, 2014

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., has commissioned a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit that comprises part of the long-delayed Phase 3 expansion project at its 194,000-b/d refinery in Mangalore, India.

SOCAR builds gas-cleaning plant at Baku refinery

Aug 27, 2014

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is building a dry gas-cleaning unit at its Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku in Azerbaijan.

Hungary lets contract for Danube refinery upgrade

Aug 27, 2014

Hungary’s state-owned MOL PLC, a subsidiary of MOL Group, Budapest, has let a contract to Axens for the upgrade and modernization of the mild hydrocracking unit at its 161,000-b/d Danube refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary.

RWE Dea starts up Egypt’s Disouq gas treatment plant

Aug 27, 2014

RWE Dea AG has started gas production from the central treatment plant (CTP) of the Disouq development project in Egypt.

MarkWest to expand processing, fractionation in Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2014

MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Denver, will expand midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Butler County, Pa., the company said, to handle growing rich-gas production from the Marcellus shale and Upper Devonian formations.

Turkmen plant to yield gasoline from gas

Aug 26, 2014

Construction has begun at Ovadan-Depe near Ashgabad, Turkmenistan, on a 15,500-b/d plant that will make gasoline from natural gas.

Vietnam’s Dung Quat refinery wraps maintenance

Aug 26, 2014

State-owned Petrovietnam has completed the second planned maintenance turnaround since 2011 at its 140,000-b/d Dung Quat refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam (OGJ Online, May 20, 2014).

Emission reductions under way at Moscow refinery

Aug 26, 2014

Russian oil producer JSC Gazprom Neft is upgrading process furnaces and switching completely to gas from liquid fuels in an effort to reduce emissions at its 12.15 million tonne/year Moscow refinery.

EIA: July Brent prices drop on reduced market risk

Aug 25, 2014

In the August issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the US Energy Information Administration maintains its 2014 US liquid fuels consumption forecast at 18.88 million b/d as projected in July compared with 18.89 million b/d in 2013.

TSB report outlines 'multitude of factors' behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

Aug 25, 2014

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.'s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

CSB releases incident report for Tesoro's Martinez refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Loose pipe fittings are to blame for a sulfuric acid release that seriously injured two workers in early February at the alkylation unit of Tesoro Corp.'s 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., according to an Aug. 15 report released by the US Chemical Safety Board.

Run rates still recovering at Amuay refinery after 2012 blast, PDVSA says

Aug 25, 2014

Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) said crude oil throughput rates continue to recover at the Amuay portion of its Paraguana refining complex in northwest Venezuela following a deadly explosion and fire at the site’s Block 23 storage area in August 2012 (OGJ Online, Aug. 27, 2012; Aug. 28, 2012).

Earthquake interrupts operations at Chilean refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Chile’s Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (Enap) has halted partial operations at its 104,000-b/d Aconcagua refinery at Concon, Chile, following an Aug. 23 earthquake in the Valparaiso region along the country’s Pacific coast, the state-owned company said.

Serbia’s NIS plans upgrades at Pancevo refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Serbia’s Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) will begin a planned modernization overhaul of its 98,000-b/d Pancevo refinery beginning Sept. 1, the company reported.

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