Oil Refining News

Tight oil prompts new plan for atmospheric distillation heater

Oct 6, 2014 Distillation unit atmospheric heaters serve a vital role in crude oil processing. Any issues directly related to reduced capacity of a heater, such as elevated tube-skin temperatures (TSTs) and cok...

Survey shows increase in refining construction

May 6, 2013

Oil and Gas Journal's semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows an increase in refining construction activity compared with the previous edition of the update (OGJ, Nov.5, 2012, p. 48).

Asia, Middle East lead modest recovery in global refining

Dec 3, 2012 Growth in world crude oil distillation capacity resumed in 2012, if only slightly, after turning down in 2011 (OGJ, Dec. 5, 2011, p. 30) following slow growth in 2010, according to the latest OGJ R...

Fire hits Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar refinery

Oct 30, 2014

Repairs remain under way at Kazakhstan’s 6-million tonne/year (tpy) Pavlodar refining and petrochemical complex following a fire that broke out at the facility on Oct. 25.

Buyer emerges for shuttered St. Croix refinery

Oct 29, 2014 Hovensa LLC, the joint venture of Hess Corp. and Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), has found a buyer that hopes to restart its idled 500,000-b/d refinery on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Isla...

Total names refining, chemicals president

Oct 29, 2014

Total SA has appointed Philippe Sauquet as president, refining and chemicals, and as a member of the company’s executive committee, effective immediately.

Contract let for Canadian bitumen refinery

Oct 28, 2014 North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for additional work at NWR’s greenfield bitumen refinery project in Sturgeon County, about 45 km northeast ...

Pemex inks power supply deals for two refineries

Oct 28, 2014 Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has entered into agreements with international firms to jointly develop $1.4 billion in electric power cogeneration projects designed to supply electricity to t...

EIA continues to cut price forecasts for US crude oil, gasoline

Oct 27, 2014 Weakening global demand and higher Libyan oil exports have driven down North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices to an average of $97/bbl in September, a decrease of $5/bbl from August and the first mo...

API: US petroleum demand falls in September, third quarter

Oct 27, 2014 Total US petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, averaged 18.6 million b/d last month, down 3.5% from September 2013, as stated in the latest monthly statistics from the American Petroleum Insti...

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