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EPA proposes uniform refining, petchem emissions standards

Mar 26, 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed national uniform emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants at refineries and petrochemical plants’ storage vessel and transfer operations, equipment leaks, or control devices.

Shell eyes Marcellus petrochemical site

Mar 15, 2012

Shell Chemical LP is studying land near Monaca, Penn., for the petrochemical complex it is considering to use ethane from natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale (OGJ Online, June 6, 2011).

Total, KPC eye group for Zhanjiang complex

Mar 13, 2012

Total SA has signed a memorandum of understanding with two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kuwait Petroleum Corp. to participate in a refining and petrochemical complex planned in Zhanjiang, China, in partnership with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; OGJ Online, Aug. 11, 2009).

Petronas lets Johor complex FEED contract

Mar 13, 2012

State-owned Petronas has let a front-end engineering design contract to Technip for its proposed refinery and petrochemical project at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia (OGJ Online, May 13, 2011).

AFPM: Refiners must speak with clearer, unified voice

Mar 12, 2012

The refining and petrochemical industries benefit the US, and their representatives must rebuke misleading criticisms from politicians so that the general public hears the facts, leaders of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) said Mar. 12 during an opening session of the AFPM annual meeting in San Diego.

US OLEFINS — SECOND-HALF 2011: US olefin production growth continues but more slowly

Mar 5, 2012

Although pundits and politicians repeatedly tell us US economic growth slowed in third and fourth quarters 2011, gross domestic product statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis contradict these opinions.

Methanex to move methanol plant to Geismar

Feb 7, 2012

Methanex Corp. has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. to provide engineering services in the possible relocation of a methanol plant from Chile to Geismar, La.

ExxonMobil to sell Japan unit for $3.9 billion

Jan 30, 2012

ExxonMobil Corp. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK have entered into an agreement valued at $3.9 billion that will result in the restructuring of ExxonMobil’s holdings in Japan.

Samsung Total expanding Daesan complex

Jan 27, 2012

Samsung Total Petrochemicals is building aromatics and ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer units at its Daesan petrochemical complex in Chungnam Province, South Korea.

Amine regeneration unit starts at Vadinar

Jan 9, 2012

Essar Oil Ltd. has commissioned a large amine regeneration unit in the first phase of expansion of its 300,000 b/d Vadinar refinery in Gujarat, India, after commissioning a pentane-hexane isomerization unit last month (OGJ Online, Dec. 12, 2011).

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.

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