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Gazprom Neft reviews progress on refinery modernization efforts

Dec 3, 2014

The second phase of JSC Gazprom Neft’s program to modernize and upgrade its Russian refineries to improve processing capacities, oil conversion rates, energy efficiency, production quality, and environmental impacts remains on schedule for targeted completion by 2020, according to a recent review of the program by the company’s board.

Flint Hills breaks ground on Texas refinery expansion

Dec 2, 2014

Flint Hills Resources, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., has started construction on a project designed to increase processing capabilities for US crude oil at its 230,000-b/d West refinery at Corpus Christi, Tex.

Rosneft to increase ownership in German refinery

Dec 1, 2014

OAO Rosneft has agreed to purchase Total SA’s 16.67% share in the 11.5-million tonne/year PCK Raffinerie GMBH refinery located along Druzhba pipeline in Schwedt, Germany, about 120 km northeast of Berlin.

AFPM files notice of intent to sue EPA over 2015 RFS

Dec 1, 2014

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a notice of intent to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue the 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on time.

Suncor wraps maintenance on Alberta upgrader

Dec 1, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has completed 11 weeks of scheduled maintenance on one of two oil sands upgraders at its operations near Fort McMurray, Alta.

Legislative vote delays St. Croix refinery sale

Dec 1, 2014

The Senate of the 30th Legislature of the US Virgin Islands has voted unanimously to send back a proposed agreement that would provide for the restart of Hovensa LLC's idled 500,000-b/d refinery on the island of St. Croix to the legislative body's finance committee for further review.

Prospects for US crude exports to Asia are looking up

Dec 1, 2014

Within the next 3 to 4 years, the US can become an oil and condensate exporter capable of making available to the world market more than 1.5 million b/d of domestic crude and condensate along with 500,000-600,000 b/d of re-exported Canadian crude-a total liquids export volume on par with Kuwait.

Asia-Pacific refining primed for capacity growth

Dec 1, 2014

Global crude oil refining capacity in 2014 edged lower from 2013 (OGJ, Dec. 2, 2013, p. 34), according to the latest OGJ Refinery Survey.

Power to stonewall

Dec 1, 2014

Presidential stonewalling of the Keystone XL pipeline is hurting the US. Congress should exercise its constitutional power and end the damage.

A new Gulf Coast paradigm

Dec 1, 2014

Following the reversal of Seaway Crude Pipeline System in 2012, a series of projects both in oil pipelines and storage has unlocked the crude oil bottleneck at Cushing, Okla., and connected the Gulf Coast-where nearly 47% of the US refining capacity resides-back to the Canadian, Midcontinent, and West Texas production centers on a massive scale.

OGJ Newsletter

Dec 1, 2014

International news for oil and gas professionals

Industry's eternal battle

Nov 24, 2014

Polling conducted by Gallup in August drilled home what most of us already knew: People don't like the oil and gas industry. Fifty-six percent of those polled had either a "somewhat negative" or "very negative" opinion of the industry.

Petrobras initiates start-up of units at Abreu e Lima refinery

Nov 24, 2014

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has received permission to commission units at its Abreu e Lima refinery (Rnest) at the port of Suape, near Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state.

EPA won’t finalize RFS’s 2014 biofuel quotas before yearend

Nov 21, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced it will not finalize 2014 biofuel quotas under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before yearend. The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers each said EPA’s Nov. 21 announcement demonstrates again that it’s time for Congress to repeal or dramatically reform the RFS.

AFPM: Oregon’s proposed low-carbon fuel standard unconstitutional

Nov 20, 2014

Oregon’s proposed low-carbon fuel standards (LCFS) program is unconstitutional, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers said in comments submitted in response to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Clean Fuels Program Phase 2 rulemaking and proposed rule changes.

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