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Sasol launches feasibility study for Lake Charles ethylene cracker

Nov 30, 2011

South African energy and chemicals company Sasol reported it has approved a feasibility study for a world-scale ethylene cracker and derivatives complex in Lake Charles, La.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Statoil issues Snohvit condensate update

Nov 7, 2011

Statoil has updated an assay of the condensate stream associated with natural gas being produced from Snohvit field in the Barents Sea.

Catalytic olefins technology contract let

Oct 18, 2011

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yanan Energy & Chemical Co. Ltd. will use proprietary Advanced Catalytic Olefins (ACO) technology developed by KBR and SK Innovation at a plant to be built in Shaanxi Province, China.

Total restructuring downstream businesses

Oct 10, 2011

Total SA is restructuring its downstream business to separate manufacturing from supply and marketing while emphasizing that it remains committed to its integrated structure.

NPRA changing name to 'better describe focus'

Oct 4, 2011

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) announced plans to change its name to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) effective in late January. A red, blue, and white logo will accompany the new name. A new web site also is planned.

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Sep 12, 2011

US OLEFINS — FIRST-HALF 2011: Sluggish economic conditions may retard ethylene production

Sep 5, 2011

According to mainstream media, US economic activity was measurably slower during first-half 2011.

Contract let for Sohar deasphalting unit

Aug 10, 2011

State-owned Orpic of Oman will use the UOP/Foster Wheeler Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) process at its 116,000 b/sd refinery in Sohar, which is being expanded to a capacity of 187,000 b/sd (OGJ, Mar. 14, 2011, Newsletter).

EPA rule will expand chemical reporting requirements

Aug 3, 2011

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to increase the type and amount of information on commercial chemicals that it collects from chemical manufacturers.

BP reports pipeline leak in Alaska's Lisburne field

Jul 18, 2011

BP Exploration Alaska reported a spill of methanol and produced fluids at the Lisburne oil field on July 16. About 50-100 bbl of a methanol/produced fluid blend was spilled onto a gravel pad and a freshwater tundra pond, according to the company’s initial estimates.

Global ethylene producers add record capacity in 2010

Jul 4, 2011 Global ethylene producers last year added more than 8.6 million tonnes/year (tpy) of capacity, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal's survey of the industry. That level sets a record for 1-year additions.

NPRA Q&A—1: Safety, process questions addressed at annual conference

Jul 4, 2011 Safety and process operations received considerable attention during the 2010 National Petrochemical and Refiners Association Q&A and Technology Forum (Oct. 10-13; Baltimore).

International survey of ethylene from steam crackers

Jul 4, 2011

PETCOKE & METHANOL—2 (Conclusion): How blending petcoke methanol into gasoline might work

Jul 4, 2011 This two-part series analyzes the economics of producing 50,000 b/d of methanol for gasoline blending from petroleum coke (petcoke) and examines some aspects of using methanol-gasoline blends for motor fuel.

Aramco discussing globalization strategy

May 25, 2011

Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company in terms of oil reserves and production, is discussing a strategy to extend its operations into more than 50 countries in the next 10-20 years.

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