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Saskatchewan refinery hit by explosion

Dec 27, 2013

An explosion and subsequent fire occurred on Dec. 24 at Consumers’ Cooperative Refineries Ltd.’s (CCRL) 130,000-b/d refining complex in Regina, Sask.

Contract let for delayed Alberta bitumen refinery

Dec 20, 2013

Partners in the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) have let a services-related contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for the design and supply of three package steam generating systems to be located at NWR’s Sturgeon bitumen refinery in the Industrial Heartland area of Alberta.

New ethylene cracker planned for Louisiana

Dec 20, 2013

Axiall Corp. said it has selected the state of Louisiana as the location for a possible ethylene cracker to be built alongside a related derivatives plant, company said in a Dec. 19 release.

 

Construction progresses on Brazil’s Abreu e Lima refinery

Dec 19, 2013

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) said construction projects at its Abreu e Lima oil refinery at the port of Suape, near Recife, the capital of Pernambuco state, have reached just over 83% completion.

Peru mandates upgrade for Talara refinery

Dec 19, 2013

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso has enacted legislation that mandates a long-planned modernization and upgrade of the Talara refinery be completed by 2017 on the grounds of public necessity and national interest.

Nova Chemicals plans ethylene capacity expansion

Dec 19, 2013

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, is planning several expansions and upgrades to its existing Canadian operations to take advantage of cost-competitive pricing for North American NGL feedstock, the company said in a Dec. 18 release.

OMV agrees to sell its Bayernoil interest

Dec 19, 2013

OMV has agreed to sell its 45% interest in the Bayernoil refining complex near Ingolstadt, Germany, and related businesses to Varo Energy BV, a midstream company owned by The Carlyle Group and Vitol Group. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Contract let for Vietnam’s Nghi Son refinery

Dec 18, 2013

Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC, through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for two hydrogen reformers to be constructed at its 200,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam. 

BP’s Whiting refinery upgrade on stream

Dec 18, 2013

BP PLC has brought on stream all new and reconfigured units in the modernization of its 413,000-b/d refinery at Whiting, Ind. The project included a 102,000-b/d coker that came online last month.

Feds call for revamp in safety regulation at US refineries

Dec 17, 2013

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has proposed a more-rigorous safety management regulatory framework for refineries in California that could extend to refining complexes across the nation.

Fire cuts output at Montana refinery

Dec 13, 2013

CHS Inc.’s 55,000-b/d Laurel, Mont., refinery is operating at reduced rates following a fire at the plant on Dec. 13.

Pertamina seeks to expand asphalt production capacity

Dec 12, 2013

Indonesia’s state-owned PT Pertamina and South Korea’s SK Energy Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study for a 1.5 million-tonne/year asphalt plant at Pertamina’s 348,000-b/d Cilacap refinery on Java, Indonesia.

Flint Hills, environmental groups reach accord on West refinery expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Flint Hills Resources has agreed to implement additional emissions-reduction measures and more-stringent monitoring for proposed projects aimed at increasing processing capabilities for Eagle Ford crude at its 230,000-b/d West refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Feinstein, Coburn offer bill to end corn ethanol mandate

Dec 12, 2013

US Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill that would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate within the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel blended into gasoline refined and consumed in the US.

EIA: Crude oil runs touch highest rates since July

Dec 11, 2013

US refiners boosted crude oil throughputs last week to their highest levels since mid-July, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration.

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