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USW union workers add two BP refineries to strike list

Feb 9, 2015

Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union’s (USW) unfair labor practice (ULP) strike against the oil industry that began on Feb. 1 after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards.

Chevron details scheduled maintenance for Cape Town refinery

Feb 9, 2015

Chevron South Africa (Pty.) Ltd., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., has reported it will begin one of the biggest routine maintenance and safety inspection projects ever at its 110,000-b/d Cape Town refinery at Milnerton, South Africa, starting this month.

Anadarko reports 2014 loss, remains upbeat about Wattenberg

Feb 9, 2015

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced a 2014 net loss of $1.75 billion, or $3.47/share diluted, including a net loss of $4.05 billion associated with the settlement of litigation involving its subsidiary, Tronox Inc., yet company executives remained upbeat about production growth.

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Feb 9, 2015

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Union strike under way at US refineries, petchem plants

Feb 9, 2015

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has instituted a strike at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants following a breakdown in negotiations with oil companies over collective bargaining agreements due to expire on Jan. 31.

Chinese regulators approve Sinopec’s plan for grassroots refinery

Feb 6, 2015

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp. (Sinopec), to proceed with its plans to build a grassroots refinery in Caofeidian Industrial Zone, Tangshan, Hebei Province, China.

Union strike ongoing at US refineries as negotiations continue

Feb 6, 2015

A strike by union workers at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants remains under way as the United Steelworkers Union (USW) continue to negotiate collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards with oil companies.

US Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline project

Feb 6, 2015

The US Senate has passed a bill approving construction of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline by a 62-36 vote after 3 weeks of debate. Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans in the affirmative.

Goodlatte reintroduces bills to repeal, reform RFS

Feb 5, 2015

Calling it “a true ‘kitchen table’ issue,” US Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reintroduced a pair of bills to address problems in the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. HR 703 would eliminate the RFS outright, while HR 704 would end the RFS’s corn-based ethanol quotas and bar the US Environmental Protection Agency administrator from approving introduction of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

Regulators approve Phillips 66’s California refinery improvement project

Feb 4, 2015

The governing board of California’s Contra Costa County has approved a permit for Phillips 66 to move forward with a proposed project that would enable enhanced recovery of marketable propane and butane at the Rodeo portion of its 120,000-b/d San Francisco refining complex.

CNOOC lets contract for Huizhou refinery expansion

Feb 3, 2015

CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has let a contract to Porvair Filtration Group Ltd. (PFG), Fareham, Hampshire, UK, to provide filtering equipment for a coal-to-substitute natural gas (SNG) gasification plant to be built at its 12 million-tonne/year Huizhou refinery in Guangdong Province, China.

Williams reports another delay for Geismar ethylene sales

Feb 3, 2015

An unexpected maintenance setback in the final stages of start-up at Williams Partners LP’s newly rebuilt Geismar, La., olefins plant has led to another month-long delay for sales of ethylene production from the site.

MOL absorbs Eni’s Romanian retail assets

Feb 2, 2015

MOL Group, Budapest, has completed the acquisition of Eni Romania, including 42 service stations to be rebranded under the MOL name.

CNOOC subsidiary inks deal for grassroots refinery

Feb 2, 2015

Hebei Zhongjie Petrochemical Group Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has entered into a $700 million agreement with Genoil Inc., Calgary, to establish a joint venture for the construction of a heavy oil refinery at Zhongie Industrial Park, Hebei Province, China.

Sasol lets contract for Louisiana petrochemicals plant

Feb 2, 2015

South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. has let a contract to GE Oil & Gas, Florence, Italy, to provide the main-compression trains required for a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at its proposed integrated ethane cracker and downstream derivatives complex to be located adjacent to the company’s existing operations near Lake Charles in Westlake, La.

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