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Russian refineries get export-duty reprieve

Jan 24, 2014

The Russian government earlier this month gave refineries a temporary reprieve from an export-duty increase aimed at discouraging output of heavy fuel oil in favor of middle distillates.

EPA agrees to reconsider 2013 cellulosic biofuel quotas

Jan 24, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency said it will reconsider 2013 cellulosic biofuel quotas it has made final because of new information the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers brought to its attention.

US appeals court won’t allow rehearing of California LCFS lawsuit

Jan 22, 2014

A federal appeals court in California refused to accept a petition to rehear a challenge to the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), which three of the court’s judges dismissed last year. The ruling could be appealed to the US Supreme Court.

RIL advances Jamnagar refinery expansion

Jan 22, 2014

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has let a contract to French firm Alstom T&D’s Indian division to provide power transformer packages for the continued expansion of the 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India (OGJ Online, July 6, 2012; May 3, 2012).

PDVSA shutters FCC unit for maintenance

Jan 21, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has shut down the fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 126,900-b/d El Palito refinery near Pto. Cabello, Carabobo state, for preventative maintenance, the state-owned company confirmed.

Vung Ro Petroleum lets contract for refinery project

Jan 21, 2014

Vung Ro Petroleum Ltd. (VRP) has let a services-related contract to Ineos for a 900,000-tonne/year polypropylene project at its grassroots refinery complex in Hoa Tam Commune in the Dong Hoa district of Phu Yen Province, Vietnam.

Suriname refinery expansion progresses

Jan 21, 2014

Staatsolie, the state oil company of Suriname, has let a services-related contract to Honeywell as part of a major expansion and efficiency project to double crude capacity at the Tout Lui Faut refining complex, about 12 miles south of Suriname’s capital city of Paramaribo (OGJ Online, Sept. 9, 2009).

Egyptian Refining advances refinery upgrade

Jan 20, 2014

Egyptian Refining Co. (ERC) is set to start construction on its long-delayed grassroots refining upgrade project to be built within the existing Mostorod Petroleum Complex (MPC), 20 km northeast of Cairo in Qalyoubia Governate, Egypt.

Capacity slowly recovers at CCRL refinery

Jan 20, 2014

Processing capacity at Consumers’ Cooperative Refineries Ltd.’s (CCRL) 145,000-b/d refining complex in Regina, Sask., is improving following a Dec. 24, 2013, explosion and subsequent fire, owner Federated Cooperatives Ltd. (FCL) has confirmed (OGJ Online, Dec. 27, 2013).

Why allow crude exports?

Jan 17, 2014

Allowing US exports of crude oil might seem to defy logic. Oil & Gas Journal expects the country to meet 13.4 million b/d of the 18.8 million b/d of oil it will need this year through field production of crude oil, lease condensate, and natural gas plant liquids

Feedstock menu expands at Nova’s Corunna plant

Jan 16, 2014

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, has started processing its first ethane supplies sourced from Marcellus shale at its Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex.

Valero trims expansion at Louisiana refinery

Jan 15, 2014

Valero Energy Corp. has revised its plans for an expansion of its 250,000-b/d St. Charles refinery at Norco, La., the company said in a recent request to state regulators for an operating permit modification.

Petroecuador restarts Esmeraldas refinery

Jan 13, 2014

Ecuador’s state-owned Petroecuador has resumed operations at two processing units of its 110,000-b/d Esmeraldas refinery on the Pacific Coast following a late-November 2013 fire at the plant, the company confirmed.

PDVSA lets contract for Amuay refinery

Jan 13, 2014

Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has let a construction-related contract to Portuguese firm Cimontubo to revamp a product storage area at the 940,000-b/d Paraguana Refining Center (PRC) in Caracas.

Speculations peak about majors’ exit from Australian refining, retail

Jan 13, 2014

Rumors are swirling around the Australian petroleum industry about the exit of major companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC from the country’s refining and retail scene.

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