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BP confirms fire at Whiting refinery

Aug 28, 2014

An overnight fire at BP PLC’s 413,000-b/d refinery in Whiting, Ind., has resulted in only minimal interruptions to operations at the site, the company said.

Planned maintenance under way at ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex

Aug 28, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. has started scheduled maintenance on a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at its 561,000-b/d integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Baytown, Tex.

European refiner squeeze seen in W. African crude changes

Aug 27, 2014

European refining is pivotal in “a second wave of structural changes” pummeling West African (WAF) crude oil prices in response to growing production of light oil in North America, notes a report from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, London.

MRPL commissions FCC at Mangalore refinery

Aug 27, 2014

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., has commissioned a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit that comprises part of the long-delayed Phase 3 expansion project at its 194,000-b/d refinery in Mangalore, India.

Hungary lets contract for Danube refinery upgrade

Aug 27, 2014

Hungary’s state-owned MOL PLC, a subsidiary of MOL Group, Budapest, has let a contract to Axens for the upgrade and modernization of the mild hydrocracking unit at its 161,000-b/d Danube refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary.

Turkmen plant to yield gasoline from gas

Aug 26, 2014

Construction has begun at Ovadan-Depe near Ashgabad, Turkmenistan, on a 15,500-b/d plant that will make gasoline from natural gas.

Vietnam’s Dung Quat refinery wraps maintenance

Aug 26, 2014

State-owned Petrovietnam has completed the second planned maintenance turnaround since 2011 at its 140,000-b/d Dung Quat refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam (OGJ Online, May 20, 2014).

Emission reductions under way at Moscow refinery

Aug 26, 2014

Russian oil producer JSC Gazprom Neft is upgrading process furnaces and switching completely to gas from liquid fuels in an effort to reduce emissions at its 12.15 million tonne/year Moscow refinery.

TSB report outlines 'multitude of factors' behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

Aug 25, 2014

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.'s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

CSB releases incident report for Tesoro's Martinez refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Loose pipe fittings are to blame for a sulfuric acid release that seriously injured two workers in early February at the alkylation unit of Tesoro Corp.'s 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., according to an Aug. 15 report released by the US Chemical Safety Board.

Run rates still recovering at Amuay refinery after 2012 blast, PDVSA says

Aug 25, 2014

Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) said crude oil throughput rates continue to recover at the Amuay portion of its Paraguana refining complex in northwest Venezuela following a deadly explosion and fire at the site’s Block 23 storage area in August 2012 (OGJ Online, Aug. 27, 2012; Aug. 28, 2012).

Earthquake interrupts operations at Chilean refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Chile’s Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (Enap) has halted partial operations at its 104,000-b/d Aconcagua refinery at Concon, Chile, following an Aug. 23 earthquake in the Valparaiso region along the country’s Pacific coast, the state-owned company said.

Serbia’s NIS plans upgrades at Pancevo refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Serbia’s Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) will begin a planned modernization overhaul of its 98,000-b/d Pancevo refinery beginning Sept. 1, the company reported.

Contract let for Vietnam’s Nghi Son refining complex

Aug 22, 2014

Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC, through a contractor, has let a contract to Hamon Korea Co. Ltd., Seoul, to air quality systems for its 200,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam.

Venezuela advances desalination plant for Paraguana refineries

Aug 22, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) plans to commission by yearend the first module of a seawater desalination plant designed to supply water requirements for its Paraguana refining complex in northwest Venezuela, the state-owned company said.

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