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Geismar plant begins first methanol production

Jan 27, 2015

Methanex Corp., Vancouver, BC, has completed the first production of methanol from its newly commissioned 1 million-tonne/year plant in Geismar, La.

ETP, Regency to merge in $18-billion deal

Jan 26, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) and Regency Energy Partners have agreed to merge in a unit-for-unit transaction, plus a one-time cash payment to Regency unit holders, valued at $18 billion, including the assumption of net debt and other liabilities of $6.8 billion.

Vietnam advances Dung Quat refinery expansion plans

Jan 26, 2015

Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (BSR), a subsidiary of state-owned Vietnam National Oil & Gas Group (PetroVietnam), has unveiled further details on plans for the upgrade and expansion of its Dung Quat refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.

Capacity expansion planned for proposed Ohio GTL plant

Jan 26, 2015

Ashtabula Energy LLC, Ashtabula, Ohio, a subsidiary of Velocys PLC, Houston, is seeking approval to build a grassroots gas-to-liquids plant that would convert natural gas into diesel near Ashtabula, on Lake Erie, northeast of Cleveland.

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Jan 26, 2015

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Watching Government: The methane emissions problem

Jan 26, 2015

It was only fair. The White House said a bill approving the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's construction would get a chilly reception if it reached President Barack Obama's desk.

Varo Energy plans upgrades for Swiss refinery

Jan 23, 2015

Varo Energy BV, a midstream company owned by The Carlyle Group and Vitol Group, plans to invest more than 50 million Swiss francs ($56 million) this year into maintenance and modernization projects at its 68,000 b/d Cressier refinery near Neuchatel, Switzerland.

BASF plans capacity expansion at Geismar petrochemicals plant

Jan 22, 2015

BASF Corp., the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, plans to boost production of 1, 4-butanediol (BDO) at its Geismar, La., petrochemicals plant by next year.

Kuwait lets contract for Mina Abdullah refinery

Jan 22, 2015

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC), through a subcontractor, has let a contract to Mushrif Trading & Contracting Co. for work related to its Clean Fuels Project (CFP) at the Mina Abdullah refinery in southern Kuwait.

Kinder Morgan to acquire Hiland Partners for $3 billion

Jan 22, 2015

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) has agreed to acquire Hiland Partners from founder Harold Hamm and certain Hamm family trusts for $3 billion, including the assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter.

Contract let for Aramco’s Jazan refinery, terminal project

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi Aramco, through a contractor, has let a contract to Alderley FZE, Dubai, a division of Alderley PLC, Wickwar, UK, to provide metering systems at the 400,000-b/d Jazan refinery and associated marine terminal project currently under construction in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, along the Red Sea.

EPA approves revisions to California’s refinery emission regulations

Jan 20, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule approving revisions to portions of California’s state implementation plan (SIP) that govern emissions of certain air pollutants from the state’s refineries.

LyondellBasell expands roles of three senior executives

Jan 20, 2015

LyondellBasell has expanded the roles of senior executives Timothy D. Roberts, Patrick D. Quarles, and Kevin W. Brown.

Senators introduce amendment to end corn ethanol mandate

Jan 20, 2015

US Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced legislation to remove the corn ethanol mandate as a way to address problems with the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. They offered their measure as an amendment on Jan. 16 to the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline approval bill now before the Senate.

Brazilian refinery hit by explosion, fire

Jan 19, 2015

An explosion and subsequent fire at Petroleo Brasileiro SA’s (Petrobras) 323,000-b/d Landulpho Alves refinery (RLAM) in Sao Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Brazil, has left three union workers seriously injured.

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