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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.

Indian Oil dedicates Panipat naphtha cracker

Feb 16, 2011

Indian government officials on Feb. 15 dedicated a large naphtha cracker at state-owned Indian Oil Corp.’s 300,000-b/d Panipat refinery and petrochemical complex in Haryana north of New Delhi.

Valero starts up benzene reduction at refineries

Feb 15, 2011

Valero Energy Corp. has successfully started up advanced reformate splitters at refineries in Texas and Tennessee.

Intelligent severity control stabilizes ethylene crackers

Feb 7, 2011 Implementation of intelligent severity control improved the operation of ethylene crackers in Sinopec's Nanjing 800,000 tonnes/year ethylene plant.

Albemarle, Petrobras to build HPC facility in Brazil

Jan 6, 2011

Albemarle Corp., Baton Rouge, and Brazil’s Petroleo Brazileiro SA (Petrobras) have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a world-scale hydroprocessing catalyst (HPC) production plant in Santa Cruz, Brazil.

ONGC, GAIL initial coop agreements

Jan 3, 2011

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. and GAIL (India) Ltd., both controlled by the government of India, have initialed agreements for cooperation in the natural gas and petrochemicals businesses.

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