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Kazakhstan advances refinery modernization program

Jan 7, 2015

Kazakhstan’s state-owned KazMunaiGas (KMG) has secured financing from the Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC (DBK) for the continuing modernization of its 6-million tonne/year (tpy) Pavlodar refining and petrochemical complex.

BP lets contract for Belgian petrochemicals complex revamp

Jan 6, 2015

BP Chembel NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of BP PLC, has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif., to provide basic and detailed engineering services for a revamp of units at its 2 million-tonne/year petrochemicals complex in Geel, Belgium.

Petrotrin’s downstream takes hit from US shale, poor margins

Jan 6, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned oil company Petrotrin is blaming the shale oil revolution in the US and poor refining margins overall for a $60 million loss during its 2013-14 fiscal year.

Pemex advances clean energy plans at Salina Cruz refinery

Jan 6, 2015

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is in the process of converting its Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, to operate on cleaner, more affordable fuels as part of the country’s recently inaugurated energy reform legislation.

Corrected maps narrow compressor performance prediction range

Jan 5, 2015

Tests on two in–service compressors show corrected performance maps can predict a compressor's performance within 5% relative error under most situations.

HollyFrontier wraps extended Kansas refinery maintenance

Jan 5, 2015

HollyFrontier Corp., Dallas, has completed a 3-month planned maintenance turnaround at its 135,000-b/d El Dorado, Kan., refinery following extended repairs required on one of the plant’s processing units.

Yearly refinery construction indexes listed for 80+ years

Jan 5, 2015

Here are yearly values for the Nelson-Farrar refinery inflation cost index since 1926.

Essar commissions unit at Vadinar refinery

Jan 2, 2015

Essar Oil Ltd., a subsidiary of Essar Energy PLC, has commissioned a second hydrogen manufacturing unit (MHU) at its 405,000-b/d Vadinar refinery in Gujarat, India.

Eni, Saras strengthen integration of Sardinian processing plants

Jan 2, 2015

Versalis SPA, the wholly owned chemicals subsidiary of Eni SPA, has entered an agreement with Saras SPA subsidiary Sarlux SRL to formalize the sale of about 80% interest in units at Versalis’s petrochemical plant in Sarroch, on the southwestern coast of Sardinia, Italy.

CNPC lets contract for grassroots refinery

Dec 30, 2014

Yunnan Petrochemical Co. Ltd., jointly owned in part by PetroChina Co. Ltd.—the publicly listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC)—has let contracts to a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corp. to provide control systems for a 200,000-b/d grassroots refinery in Yunnan Province in far southwestern China.

SOCAR consolidates Azerbaijani refining operations

Dec 29, 2014

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) plans to shutter and subsequently merge processing activities at its Azerneftyag refinery with those of its nearby Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku in Azerbaijan.

Suncor wraps maintenance at Montreal refinery

Dec 24, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has concluded 3 months of planned maintenance at its 137,000-b/d Montreal, Que., refinery.

Vietnam, Japan sign MOU for grassroots Vietnamese refinery

Dec 23, 2014

State-run Vietnam National Petroleum Corp. (Petrolimex) and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a subsidiary of JX Holdings Inc., have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop a 10 million-tonnes/year refining and petrochemical complex to be located in Van Phong Economic Zone in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.

Regulators approve Unipetrol’s purchase of Czech refinery

Dec 22, 2014

Unipetrol AS’s plan to acquire soon-to-be former partner Eni SPA’s interest in Ceska Rafinerska AS (CRC) to become the plant’s sole owner would not violate state antitrust laws, the Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition (UOHS) said on Dec. 19.

California Bay Area advances plan for enhanced refinery regulations

Dec 19, 2014

California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the public agency responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay, is moving forward with its plan to impose further emissions cuts on area refiners within the next 5 years.

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