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Japanese refinery on schedule to close by end-March

Feb 6, 2014

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a wholly owned refining and marketing company of JX Holdings Inc. and Japan’s largest refiner, said it is on track to stop crude oil processing altogether at its 180,000-b/d Muroran refinery, on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Axiall updates repair work at Louisiana plant

Feb 6, 2014

Axiall Corp. said repairs are nearing completion at its Lake Charles, La., chemical complex following a Dec. 20, 2013, fire that occurred in the vinyl chloride manufacturing area of the plant.

Dow lets contract for US Gulf Coast petrochemical projects

Feb 5, 2014

Dow Chemical Co. has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, for work related to planned ethylene and propylene expansion projects along the US Gulf Coast.

EPA rule requires new reporting from refiners, chemical processors

Feb 4, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule under existing federal statutory law that establishes new reporting requirements for petroleum and petrochemical processors that use or plan to use five chemical substances identified generically as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” (CSA-RED).

Guide To World Crudes: Anniversary, extended life prompt Oseberg Blend assay update

Feb 3, 2014

Oseberg is one of the four largest oil and gas fields on the Norwegian Shelf. Current crude oil output averages about 144,000 b/d from the Oseberg field center (OFC), which consists of the connecting Oseberg A, B, and D platforms.

Vung Ro Petroleum lets contract for refinery project

Jan 21, 2014

Vung Ro Petroleum Ltd. (VRP) has let a services-related contract to Ineos for a 900,000-tonne/year polypropylene project at its grassroots refinery complex in Hoa Tam Commune in the Dong Hoa district of Phu Yen Province, Vietnam.

Feedstock menu expands at Nova’s Corunna plant

Jan 16, 2014

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, has started processing its first ethane supplies sourced from Marcellus shale at its Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex.

Sasol commissions South African ethylene splitter

Jan 14, 2014

Sasol Ltd. has commissioned a 47,000-tonne/year ethylene purification unit at its polymers plant in Sasolburg, South Africa.

ExxonMobil wraps Singapore plant expansion

Jan 8, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. has completed and commissioned the multibillion dollar expansion of its chemical complex in Jurgong Island, Singapore.

LyondellBassel ethylene projects on schedule

Jan 2, 2014

LyondellBasell announced it is on schedule with projects to increase ethylene capacity at the US Gulf Coast.

Second fire within a year hits Louisiana complex

Dec 26, 2013

Axiall Corp.’s Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex is operating at reduced rates following a Dec. 20 fire that occurred in the vinyl chloride manufacturing area of the plant.

New ethylene cracker planned for Louisiana

Dec 20, 2013

Axiall Corp. said it has selected the state of Louisiana as the location for a possible ethylene cracker to be built alongside a related derivatives plant, company said in a Dec. 19 release.


CNOOC lets contract for ethylene plant

Dec 20, 2013

CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has awarded Technip a contract to supply its proprietary ethylene technology and process design package for a grassroots 1 million tonne/year (tpy)-ethylene plant in Huizhou, Guangdong Province.

FEED contract let for Qatari petrochemical plant

Dec 16, 2013

Qatar Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (Qapco) has let a front-end engineering and design contract to Italy’s Tecnimont SPA for the Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan.

Williams proceeding with Geismar olefins plant expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Williams Olefins LLC, a subsidiary of Williams Partners LP, said it intends to proceed with expansion plans at its Geismar olefins plant as the company continues to review the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s release of findings related to an investigation into a June explosion at the Geismar, La., site.

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