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Washington state debates cutting tax break for refiners

Feb 6, 2014

Washington state lawmakers are reviewing proposed legislation that would do away with a tax exemption currently applicable to refineries operating in the state.

Japanese refinery on schedule to close by end-March

Feb 6, 2014

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a wholly owned refining and marketing company of JX Holdings Inc. and Japan’s largest refiner, said it is on track to stop crude oil processing altogether at its 180,000-b/d Muroran refinery, on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Placid Refining appoints refinery manager

Feb 5, 2014

Placid Refining Co. LLC, Port Allen, La., has named Robert Beadle as refinery manager of its Port Allen facility.

BP ramps up heavy crude throughputs at Whiting

Feb 5, 2014

BP PLC is in the process of boosting heavy crude oil runs at its 413,000-b/d refinery at Whiting, Ind., following the yearend 2013 completion of a modernization project designed to increase the plant’s ability to process heavy, sour crude.

Flint Hills plans Alaska refinery closure

Feb 5, 2014

Flint Hills Resources Alaska LLC (FHRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, Kan., plans to cease crude oil processing at its 85,000-b/d North Pole refinery near Fairbanks, Alas., by June.

SRC lets contract for Jurong refinery expansion

Feb 4, 2014

Singapore Refining Co. Pte. Ltd. (SRC) has let a construction contract to JGC Corp. for expansion work at its 290,000-b/d Jurong refinery in Singapore.

EPA rule requires new reporting from refiners, chemical processors

Feb 4, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule under existing federal statutory law that establishes new reporting requirements for petroleum and petrochemical processors that use or plan to use five chemical substances identified generically as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” (CSA-RED).

API: Oil demand up in December, 4Q 2013

Feb 3, 2014

Total US petroleum deliveries in December 2013—which averaged 19.2 million b/d—and in the fourth quarter increased 5.8% and 4.6%, respectively, compared with the corresponding periods of 2012, the American Petroleum Institute said in its latest monthly statistics report.

Husky advances Lima refinery expansion

Feb 3, 2014

Husky Energy Co. has approved a $300 million upgrade project at its 161,500-b/d Lima, Ohio, refinery to boost the plant’s ability to process increased volumes of heavy crude from western Canada.

Eagle Ford crude prompts upgrades at Valero’s Texas refineries

Feb 3, 2014

Valero Energy Corp., the largest US independent refiner-marketer, plans to invest $730 million in upgrading two of its Texas refineries to process increased volumes of light crude sourced from the Eagle Ford shale.

Rail a key transportaion link for Bakken crude

Feb 1, 2014

As production in the Bakken tight oil play ramps up at an unprecedented pace, producers are increasingly relying on railroads to bypass overwhelmed pipelines and move crude to market.

Kazakhstan lets contract for refinery modernization

Jan 31, 2014

PetroKazakhstan Oil Products LLP, a joint venture of state-owned KazMunaiGas (KMG)and China National Petroleum Corp., has let a services-related contract to China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. (CPECC) for a long-delayed project to upgrade the 5.25 million tonne/year Shymkent refinery in Kazakhstan.

CSB issues report on Washington refinery blast

Jan 30, 2014

The US Chemical Safety Board has determined the cause of an April 2010 explosion and fire at Tesoro’s 120,000-b/d Anacortes, Wash., refinery could have been prevented by the US independent refiner.

Alon updates timeline for Texas refinery project

Jan 29, 2014

Alon USA has delayed scheduled maintenance activity at its 70,000-b/d Big Spring, Tex., refinery until later in the year in an effort to cut costs as well as the time it will take to complete the project.

Iraq advances new unit, improvement plans at Basra refinery

Jan 28, 2014

Iraq is nearing the start-up of a gasoline-producing unit that will boost overall processing capacity to more than 210,000 b/d at state-owned South Refineries Co.’s 140,000-b/d refinery in Basra Province.

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