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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.

International survey of ethylene from steam crackers

Jul 4, 2011

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).

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.

Motiva lets Port Arthur pet coke contract

May 19, 2011

Motiva Enterprises LLC has let a contract to Roberts & Schaefer, a subsidiary of KBR, for construction of a petroleum coker material-handling system in the expansion of its 285,000-b/d refinery at Port Arthur, Tex.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: New fields prompt Troll Blend update

May 2, 2011 At the end of 2010, Statoil started up two new fields, Gjoa and Vega, whose production the company blended into its Troll Blend crude stream.

Fitch: Shale plays to sustain N. American ethylene advantage

Apr 25, 2011 Aggressive investment plans of large oil companies in liquids-rich shale plays will sustain the cost advantage of North American ethylene producers in relation to European competitors "for some time," says Fitch Ratings.

Mexican ethane unit due Technip technology

Mar 31, 2011

A joint venture of Braskem of Brazil and Idesa Group of Mexico will use Technip technology for a 1.05-million tonne/year (tpy) ethane cracker at its Ethylene XXI complex under development in Mexico.

Chevron Phillips mulls US ethane cracker

Mar 29, 2011

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is considering construction of an ethane cracker it describes as “world-scale” at one of its facilities on the US Gulf Coast.

Suncor doubles ethanol plant capacity

Mar 25, 2011

Suncor Energy has completed a doubling of capacity at its St. Clair ethanol plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario to 400 million l./year.

Japan: First supplies of oil, gasoline reach Sendai port

Mar 22, 2011

ExxonMobil Corp.’s Shiogama Terminal in Sendai, which reopened on Mar. 20, has received its first tanker shipment of much-needed fuel, including 2 million l. of gasoline, light oil, and kerosine.

Japan urges boost from fossil-fueled power plants

Mar 17, 2011

The Japanese government, confirming earlier reports, will urge utilities to increase output at fossil fuel-fired electric power plants to boost power shortages after an earthquake and tsunami crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and other facilities.

After 8.9 quake, explosion hits pchem complex in Japan

Mar 11, 2011

A major explosion occurred at a Japanese petrochemical complex in the northeast city of Sendai just hours after the largest earthquake in the country’s history triggered a devastating tsunami.

US OLEFINS — SECOND-HALF 2010: Ethylene markets return to normal

Mar 7, 2011 After the turmoil in operations and pricing during first-half 2010, US olefins markets were nearly normal during second-half 2010.

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