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MARKET WATCH: Iraqi refinery fire likely to move oil futures

Jun 18, 2014

Crude oil futures hovered around $106/bbl on the New York market June 17 awaiting a weekly US government inventory report while international oil markets remained focused on instability in Iraq where militants attacked a refinery.

Hydrocracker upgrade yields promising results at New Zealand refinery

Jun 17, 2014

New Zealand Refining Co. Ltd. (NZRC) said results from the first in a series of efficiency upgrades to the hydrocracking unit at its 107,000-b/d Marsden Point refinery indicate that the plant is on track to improve diesel processing and lift refining margins.

Loan approved for grassroots Nigerian refinery

Jun 17, 2014

Nigerian business conglomerate Dangote Group has secured a $300 million loan for the construction and operation of a greenfield refinery and polypropylene plant in Nigeria.

Operations normal at Billings refinery following fire

Jun 17, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. confirmed operations have returned to normal at its 60,000-b/d refinery in Billings, Mont., following a June 13 fire.

Williams delays Geismar plant restart

Jun 17, 2014

Williams Partners LP, of which Williams, Tulsa, is a general partner, has postponed until July the planned June start-up of its Geismar, La., olefins plant rebuild and expansion projects, the company told investors in a recent financial guidance update for 2014.

Explosion hits Rosneft’s Achinsk refinery

Jun 16, 2014

Details are emerging following an explosion and subsequent fire that occurred on June 15 at OAO Rosneft’s 7 million-tonne/year Achinsk refinery in Bolshoy Uluy District, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Eastern Siberia.

Queensland oil shale plant upgrade sought

Jun 16, 2014

Queensland Energy Resources Ltd. (QER), Brisbane, has applied for Australian government environmental approval to upgrade its demonstration oil shale processing plant at Yarwun, 15 km northwest of Gladstone, to a commercial scale plant.

Fire at ExxonMobil’s Billings refinery under investigation

Jun 16, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. is investigating a fire that occurred on June 13 at its 60,000-b/d refinery in Billings, Mont.

Group sues to halt California refinery revamp

Jun 16, 2014

A California-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit requesting a state superior court to revoke a permit that would allow Chevron Corp. to proceed with its long-delayed plan for a $1 billion modernization project at the 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery.

Investigation under way into Chinese plant explosion

Jun 13, 2014

A joint team of local government agencies is investigating an explosion that occurred on June 9 at Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. Ltd.’s refining and petrochemical complex in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

Chevron Phillips Chemical starts up 1-hexene plant

Jun 13, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (CPC) reported the commissioning and start-up of what the company is calling the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant, situated in CPC’s Cedar Bayou chemical complex in Baytown, Tex.

Nova Chemicals processing Bakken ethane at Joffre plant

Jun 13, 2014

Nova Chemicals Corp. is now processing the first barrels of ethane supplied from natural gas associated with Bakken shale oil production at its ethylene and polyethylene complex in Joffre, near Read Deer, Alta.

Fire hits Phillips 66’s Billings refinery

Jun 12, 2014

An investigation is under way into a fire that broke out on June 11 at Phillips 66’s 59,000-b/d Billings, Mont., refinery, the company said.

PDVSA restarts FCC unit at El Palito refinery

Jun 11, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has completed maintenance on the cyclones system of the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit at its 126,900-b/d El Palito refinery near Pto. Cabello, Carabobo state, the state-owned company confirmed.

Fire hits Thai refinery

Jun 10, 2014

An investigation is under way into a fire that broke out on June 9 at IRPC PLC’s 215,000-b/d refinery in Tumbon Choengoen, Rayong Province, Thailand.

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