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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...

California Bay Area refiners face heightened regulations

Oct 21, 2014 California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the public agency responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay...

IEA reduces global oil demand forecast again on slower economic growth

Oct 20, 2014 The International Energy Agency's Oil Market Report (OMR) for October continues to reduce its forecast of global oil demand for 2014 by 200,000 b/d from the previous month, to 92.4 million b/d.

EIA: Crude oil prices held down by rising global supply, lower demand

Oct 20, 2014 With global demand forecasts being revised lower while supply continues to rise, North Sea Brent crude oil prices have fallen to about $91/bbl-the lowest level in more than 2 years and 21% lower th...

Groups sue to block California refinery expansion

Oct 20, 2014 Environmental groups have petitioned a California superior court to stop Alon USA Energy Inc. from moving forward with a plan to expand existing receiving and processing options for North American ...

Cellulosic ethanol plant starts in Kansas

Oct 17, 2014

Abengoa, Seville, Spain, has begun producing cellulosic ethanol, required for blending into gasoline, at a 25-million-gal/year plant at Hugoton, Kan.

Neste inks distribution deal for Rotterdam refinery biopropane

Oct 16, 2014 Neste Oil Corp. has let a contract to SHV Energy BV, the Netherlands, to market and sell biopropane that will be produced from a recently announced unit to be built at its 800,000-tonne/year Rotter...

Petron advances Bataan refinery revamp

Oct 14, 2014 Petron Corp., Mandaluyong City, Philippines, has started up major units that form part of the $2 billion Refinery Master Plan 2 (RMP-2) upgrade project at its 180,000-b/d Bataan refinery at Limay, ...

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