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Motiva to integrate Norco, Convent refineries in Louisiana

Mar 26, 2015

Houston-based Motiva Enterprises LLC reported it will integrate the company’s two Louisiana refineries—the 220,000-b/cd Norco facility and the 227,000-b/cd Convent facility—creating the Louisiana Refining System (LRS).

Delek boosts nameplate capacity at Texas refinery

Mar 26, 2015

Delek US Holdings Inc. has wrapped an expansion project at its Tyler, Tex., refinery that will increase the plant’s nameplate processing capacity to 75,000 b/d from its previous capacity of 60,000 b/d.

Tesoro’s Goff named AFPM chairman

Mar 26, 2015

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers reported that Gregory J. Goff, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Tesoro Corp., has been named chairman of AFPM’s board.

AFPM, groups challenge Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard

Mar 24, 2015

Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard violates the US constitution, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, and Consumer Energy Alliance jointly charged in a lawsuit filed in US District Court for Oregon.

Utah biofuel manufacturer settles federal RIN civil charges

Mar 24, 2015

Washakie Renewable Energy LLC, a Utah biofuel and biochemical manufacturer, settled federal claims that it violated Renewable Fuels Standard provisions under the Clean Air Act, the US Department of Justice reported.

Neste plans major turnaround at Porvoo refinery

Mar 23, 2015

Neste Oil Corp. will begin a 2-month planned maintenance turnaround beginning in April at its 9.8 million-tonne/year Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki.

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Mar 23, 2015

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ExxonMobil resumes drilling from Point Thomson near ANWR

Mar 23, 2015

Following years of legal wrangling, ExxonMobil Corp. has resumed drilling in the high-pressure Point Thomson gas-condensate field on Alaska's North Slope near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

USW, Shell reach tentative deal to end strike at US refineries

Mar 23, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative bargaining agreement over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards for union workers that could settle a more than 6-week unfair labor practice strike in effect at 15 US refineries and associated installations.

Two obsolete laws

Mar 23, 2015

New tightening of a logistics squeeze on US oil producers gives Congress the chance to show bipartisan judgment by scuttling two obsolete laws.

API: February US petroleum demand is highest since 2008

Mar 20, 2015

Total US petroleum demand reached an average 19.3 million b/d in February—the highest level for the month since 2008, the American Petroleum Institute reported on Mar. 19. The amount represented a 1.5% year-to-year increase from February 2014’s nearly 19 million b/d.

Total’s Donges refinery due 10-week shutdown, overhaul

Mar 20, 2015

Total SA is planning a nearly 2-month shutdown of its 220,000-b/d Donges refinery near Saint Nazaire, France, on the Loire estuary, for a complete modernization and maintenance overhaul designed to improve the plant’s profitability as well as its environmental footprint.

Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues

Mar 19, 2015

Potential consumer price impacts dominated a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing examining whether to allow more exports of domestically produced crude oil. Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations.

Survey finds US refiners capable of processing more light, sweet crude

Mar 19, 2015

US refiners have more than enough capacity to process the growing volumes of light, sweet crude oil that will be produced in the next few years, a survey commissioned by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers found.

All first-phase units in operation at Abreu e Lima refinery, Petrobras says

Mar 19, 2015

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has commissioned the first of two 75,000-b/d delayed coking units at its Abreu e Lima refinery (Rnest) at the port of Suape, near Recife, the capital of Brazil’s Pernambuco state.

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