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Study: New sources may alter Asian condensate trading

Jan 9, 2012

A study of trends in Asian condensate trade released late last year by FACTS Global Energy, Honolulu, found that in 2010, total production of segregated field condensate reached about 2.5 million b/d, but only about 35% traded on the international market.

Total to own all of Fina Antwerp Olefins

Dec 21, 2011

Total, through its 100% affiliate PetroFina SA, has agreed to acquire the 35% interest held by ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical BVBA in Fina Antwerp Olefins.

Saudis to boost refining capacity, gas production by 2016

Dec 16, 2011

Saudi Arabia’s refining capacity will reach 3.5 million b/d and its production of natural gas will hit 15 bcfd by 2016, according to a senior official.

QP, Shell sign agreement to develop petrochemical complex

Dec 5, 2011

Qatar Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have signed a heads of agreement that “sets scope and commercial principles” to develop a petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The HOA follows the conclusion of a joint feasibility study by the two companies.

Amine cleaning technology tests successfully in Aramco plants

Dec 5, 2011

Testing of an amine-regeneration technology at two natural gas processing plants owned and operated by Saudi Aramco revealed an improvement in amine performance and quality.

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.


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.

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