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Lower refining margins, throughputs stunted second-quarter earnings

Sep 9, 2013

For the second quarter of 2013, the combined earnings of a sample of 51 oil and gas producers, refiners, and midstream companies based in the US were down 25% from a year earlier. Earnings for the first half of the year were down 18%.

Flint Hills buys its sixth ethanol plant

Sep 5, 2013

Private refiner Flint Hills Resources, Wichita, has acquired a 110-million-gal/year corn-based ethanol plant in Arthur, Iowa, from Platinum Ethanol.

Total to shut down Carling steam cracker

Sep 4, 2013

Total will shut down its Carling steam cracker in the Lorraine region of eastern France and use facilities there to produce hydrocarbon resins and polymers (OGJ Online, July 17, 2009).

EC approves Nynas purchase from Shell in Germany

Sep 3, 2013

The European Commission has approved the purchase of certain refinery assets near Hamburg, Germany, by Nynas AB of Sweden from Shell Deutschland Oil.

API: US petroleum demand hits highest July level in 3 years

Sep 2, 2013

Total US petroleum deliveries, as a measure of demand, averaged 18.9 million b/d last month, up 1.7% from year-ago levels and hitting a 3-year high, according to the American Petroleum Institute’s monthly petroleum statistics.

US grant to support study of Indonesia’s refineries

Aug 30, 2013

The US Trade and Development Agency has awarded a $1 million grant to Indonesian oil company PT Pertamina to fund a feasibility study to modernize the country’s existing refineries.

Mongstad refinery upgrade due study

Aug 29, 2013

Statoil has let a contract to Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering & Construction Group to study feasibility of an upgrade of the 203,000-b/cd Mongstad refinery.

Chevron settles charges stemming from Richmond refinery fire

Aug 23, 2013

Chevron USA Inc. agreed to pay $2 million in fines on Aug. 5 as it pleaded no contest to six charges stemming from a fire at its Richmond, Calif., refinery nearly a year earlier.

US Senators say oil firms may be blocking renewable fuels

Aug 22, 2013

US Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said oil companies may be using anticompetitive practices to block access to renewable fuels, and asked for a federal investigation.

Essar Energy’s refining margins up in India, down in UK

Aug 21, 2013

Essar Energy PLC said its gross refining margins were up in India during the quarter that ended June 30, but down in the UK.

Several ‘incidents’ reduce capacity at Motiva Port Arthur refinery

Aug 20, 2013

Two separate “incidents” that resulted in small fires at two separate, unspecified units at Motiva Enterprices LLC’s Port Arthur, Tex., refinery complex will result in the 600,000-b/d nameplate facility being run at a reduced capacity for an indefinite period of time, a spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed for OGJ.

API, AFPM ask EPA to partially waive 2014 ethanol requirements

Aug 14, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Petrochemical & Fuel Manufacturers jointly asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to partially waive 2014 ethanol volume requirements under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard.

Chennai Petroleum adding coker at Manali

Aug 14, 2013

Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd. has let a turnkey contract to Engineers India Ltd. covering the addition of a delayed coker at its 10.5 million tonne/year Manali refinery in Tamil Nadu, India.

EPA finalizes 2013 biofuel quotas; to address E10 ‘blend wall’

Aug 7, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced final 2013 biofuel quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard. It also said it will use authority it has under RFS to address concerns about a possible E10 “blend wall” when it proposes 2014 biofuel volume requirements.

Chevron settles charges stemming from Richmond refinery fire

Aug 6, 2013

Chevron USA Inc. agreed to pay $2 million in fines on Aug. 5 as it pleaded no contest to six charges stemming from a fire at its Richmond, Calif., refinery nearly a year earlier.

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