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Pemex lets contract for Salamanca refinery amid budget cuts

Feb 18, 2015

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), through a contractor, has let a contract to SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA, Mexico City, a division of SENER Group, Barcelona, for work related to the modernization of the Antonio M. Amor refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato. The revamp is part of Pemex’s previously announced $2.8 billion investment into increasing ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) production at five of the country’s refineries.

Uganda taps Russian firm to build country’s first refinery

Feb 17, 2015

The government of Uganda has selected a consortium led by Russia’s RT Global Resources, Moscow, as its first choice to construct the country’s first refinery.

Indian state, Kuwaiti firm sign deal for refinery, petchem complex

Feb 16, 2015

The government of India’s Andhra Pradesh state has entered an agreement with Al Qebla Al Watya Inc., a subsidiary of Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Co., Safat, to set up a large-scale refinery and petrochemical complex along the country’s eastern coast.

USW union workers add two BP refineries to strike list

Feb 16, 2015

Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union's unfair labor practice strike against the oil industry that began on Feb. 1 after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards.

Oil, gas, and Wack-O-Wax

Feb 16, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal reported on the Jan. 18 explosion at Petroleo Brasileiro SA's 323,000-b/d Landulpho Alves refinery in Sao Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Brazil (OGJ Online, Jan. 19, 2015). Also in this news story was information about a Jan. 14 fire that broke out in the refinery's U-30 normal paraffin unit with production capacity of 1,300 cu m/day.

Mangalore refinery reports steady operations following expansion

Feb 13, 2015

Operations are proceeding smoothly at Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd.’s (MRPL) refinery in Mangalore, India, following the recent completion of a modernization project designed to increase the capacity and flexibility of crude oil processing at the plant

Omsk refinery hits target for Euro 5 diesel output

Feb 12, 2015

JSC Gazprom Neft has switched to the exclusive production of Euro 5-standard diesel fuels at its 21.4 million-tonne/year Omsk refinery in Western Siberia, Russia.

Bakken formation pressure standards to take effect Apr. 1

Feb 10, 2015

North Dakota oil and gas regulators ordered operators to condition crude oil from the Bakken, Three Forks, and Sanish formations, effective Apr. 1, in efforts to improve rail transportation safety.

USW union workers add two BP refineries to strike list

Feb 9, 2015

Union workers at two BP PLC-owned refineries in Indiana and Ohio have joined the United Steelworkers union’s (USW) unfair labor practice (ULP) strike against the oil industry that began on Feb. 1 after a breakdown in discussions with companies regarding collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards.

Chevron details scheduled maintenance for Cape Town refinery

Feb 9, 2015

Chevron South Africa (Pty.) Ltd., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., has reported it will begin one of the biggest routine maintenance and safety inspection projects ever at its 110,000-b/d Cape Town refinery at Milnerton, South Africa, starting this month.

Union strike under way at US refineries, petchem plants

Feb 9, 2015

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has instituted a strike at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants following a breakdown in negotiations with oil companies over collective bargaining agreements due to expire on Jan. 31.

Chinese regulators approve Sinopec’s plan for grassroots refinery

Feb 6, 2015

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp. (Sinopec), to proceed with its plans to build a grassroots refinery in Caofeidian Industrial Zone, Tangshan, Hebei Province, China.

Union strike ongoing at US refineries as negotiations continue

Feb 6, 2015

A strike by union workers at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants remains under way as the United Steelworkers Union (USW) continue to negotiate collective bargaining agreements over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards with oil companies.

Goodlatte reintroduces bills to repeal, reform RFS

Feb 5, 2015

Calling it “a true ‘kitchen table’ issue,” US Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reintroduced a pair of bills to address problems in the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. HR 703 would eliminate the RFS outright, while HR 704 would end the RFS’s corn-based ethanol quotas and bar the US Environmental Protection Agency administrator from approving introduction of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

Regulators approve Phillips 66’s California refinery improvement project

Feb 4, 2015

The governing board of California’s Contra Costa County has approved a permit for Phillips 66 to move forward with a proposed project that would enable enhanced recovery of marketable propane and butane at the Rodeo portion of its 120,000-b/d San Francisco refining complex.

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