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Tesoro’s Goff named AFPM chairman

Mar 26, 2015

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers reported that Gregory J. Goff, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Tesoro Corp., has been named chairman of AFPM’s board.

AFPM, groups challenge Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard

Mar 24, 2015

Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard violates the US constitution, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, and Consumer Energy Alliance jointly charged in a lawsuit filed in US District Court for Oregon.

Utah biofuel manufacturer settles federal RIN civil charges

Mar 24, 2015

Washakie Renewable Energy LLC, a Utah biofuel and biochemical manufacturer, settled federal claims that it violated Renewable Fuels Standard provisions under the Clean Air Act, the US Department of Justice reported.

Neste plans major turnaround at Porvoo refinery

Mar 23, 2015

Neste Oil Corp. will begin a 2-month planned maintenance turnaround beginning in April at its 9.8 million-tonne/year Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki.

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Mar 23, 2015

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USW, Shell reach tentative deal to end strike at US refineries

Mar 23, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative bargaining agreement over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards for union workers that could settle a more than 6-week unfair labor practice strike in effect at 15 US refineries and associated installations.

API: February US petroleum demand is highest since 2008

Mar 20, 2015

Total US petroleum demand reached an average 19.3 million b/d in February—the highest level for the month since 2008, the American Petroleum Institute reported on Mar. 19. The amount represented a 1.5% year-to-year increase from February 2014’s nearly 19 million b/d.

Total’s Donges refinery due 10-week shutdown, overhaul

Mar 20, 2015

Total SA is planning a nearly 2-month shutdown of its 220,000-b/d Donges refinery near Saint Nazaire, France, on the Loire estuary, for a complete modernization and maintenance overhaul designed to improve the plant’s profitability as well as its environmental footprint.

Senate crude exports hearing raises price, logistics, safety issues

Mar 19, 2015

Potential consumer price impacts dominated a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing examining whether to allow more exports of domestically produced crude oil. Witnesses agreed that permitting more US crude to be sold abroad could provide benefits, but were divided on whether changes need to be made in the Jones Act and other transportation regulations.

Survey finds US refiners capable of processing more light, sweet crude

Mar 19, 2015

US refiners have more than enough capacity to process the growing volumes of light, sweet crude oil that will be produced in the next few years, a survey commissioned by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers found.

All first-phase units in operation at Abreu e Lima refinery, Petrobras says

Mar 19, 2015

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has commissioned the first of two 75,000-b/d delayed coking units at its Abreu e Lima refinery (Rnest) at the port of Suape, near Recife, the capital of Brazil’s Pernambuco state.

Azerbaijan lets contract for refining, petchem megacomplex

Mar 18, 2015

State-owned State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has let a contract to Fluor Corp. to provide project management contractor services for its long-planned oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) to be built 60 km southwest of Baku.

Puma Energy acquires Murco Oil’s shuttered Milford Haven refinery

Mar 17, 2015

Singapore-based Puma Energy Group Pte. has purchased a series of UK midstream and downstream assets from Murco Petroleum Ltd., a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corp., including the shuttered 135,000-b/d Milford Haven refinery at Pembrokeshire, Wales.

NIS lets contracts for unit at Serbian refinery

Mar 16, 2015

Serbia’s JSC Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) has let contracts to CB&I, Houston, for technology licensing and front-end engineering design for a delayed coking unit at its 4.8 million-tonne/year refinery at Pancevo.

EIA: US petroleum product exports rise for 13th consecutive year

Mar 16, 2015

US exports of petroleum products averaged a record 3.8 million b/d in 2014-an increase of 347,000 b/d from 2013-based on data from the US Energy Information Administration's Petroleum Supply Monthly.

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