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ORPIC advances Omani ethylene plant

Jul 16, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has let additional contracts to CB&I for its proposed Liwa Plastics Project (LPP) at the Sohar Industrial Port Area in Oman.

US refiners pursue more overseas product sales, EIA forum told

Jul 15, 2014

US refiners continue to respond to a changed competitive environment with additional investments and aggressive oil product export deals, speakers said during the US Energy Information Administration’s 2014 energy conference’s opening day.

BP lets contract for Washington refinery

Jul 15, 2014

BP PLC has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for work related to coker units at its 234,000-b/d Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Wash.

Petroecuador begins 14-month phased revamp at Esmeraldas refinery

Jul 15, 2014

State-owned Petroecuador has started the first phase of a 14-month cycle of rehabilitation and modernization activities at its 110,000-b/d Esmeraldas refinery that will require intermittent periods of suspended operations at the plant.

Hydrocracker upgrade yields promising results at New Zealand refinery

Jul 14, 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.

Iran to start up third gas plant for South Pars

Jul 14, 2014

Iran’s Pars Oil & Gas Co. (POGC) reported that construction on Phases 15 and 16 at its third gas processing plant serving South Pars gas field has reach 95% completion. The plant will come online in August, POGC said.

US industrial gas use seen up 19% by 2020

Jul 14, 2014

New projects will boost industrial use of natural gas in the US during 2012-20 by 19%, according to the Center for Energy Economics (CEE), part of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Chevron’s Richmond refinery upgrade advances

Jul 11, 2014

Local officials have approved Chevron Corp. to proceed with the long-delayed $1 billion modernization of its 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery on the contingency the company agrees to implement additional recommendations into its project plans.

Okinawa refinery resumes operations following typhoon

Jul 11, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), is in the process of restarting operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa, Japan, following a shutdown ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region earlier in the week.

US House Refining Caucus formed

Jul 10, 2014

US Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) announced the formation of the House Refining Caucus with 21 Republicans and 5 Democrats as members. The group’s goal is to educate House members about issues refiners face and related impacts on consumers, he said on July 9. US Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) is co-chairman.

Sinochem commissions Quanzhou refining complex

Jul 10, 2014

Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinochem Group, has commissioned its 240,000-b/d refining complex at Quanzhou in southern Fujian Province, China.

Louisiana complex resumes full operations

Jul 9, 2014

Axiall Corp. has returned its vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plant at the company’s chemicals complex in Lake Charles, La., to full operating rates following a December 2013 fire.

Phillips 66 boosts capital expenditures for 2014

Jul 9, 2014

The board of Phillips 66 has approved a $1.2-billion increase for the company’s capital expenditures this year to $3.9 billion to support the company’s growth strategy.

Operations remain halted at Okinawa refinery

Jul 9, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has suspended operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa in southwestern Japan ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region.

Texas refinery completes capacity expansion

Jul 8, 2014

Alon USA Partners LP, Dallas, has completed a turnaround and vacuum tower project which, together, have resulted in increased crude oil processing capacity at its Big Spring, Tex., refinery.

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