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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.

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.

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.

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.

NRL lets contract for Karachi refining complex

Aug 19, 2014

Pakistan’s National Refinery Ltd. (NRL) has let a contract to China National Chemical Engineering Corp. Ltd. (CNCEC) for work related to the upgrade and expansion of its refining complex in the Korangi Industrial Zone, about 9 miles southeast of the center of Karachi.

CSB releases incident report for Tesoro’s Martinez refinery

Aug 18, 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 (CSB).

Hydrogen unit shuttered at Neste’s Porvoo refinery

Aug 18, 2014

Neste Oil Corp. has shuttered a hydrogen production unit for repairs at its 205,000-b/d Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki, Finland.

Fire hits at KNPC’s Mina Al Ahmadi refinery

Aug 18, 2014

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out on Aug. 17 at its 466,000-b/d Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, which lies about 28 miles south of Kuwait City on the Persian Gulf.

Kansas refinery scheduled for late-August restart

Aug 15, 2014

CVR Refining LP, Sugar Land, Tex., has notified state regulators it will restart its 115,000-b/d refinery at Coffeyville, Kan., in late August after it completes repairs and maintenance work in the wake of a July 29 fire that led to the plant’s shutdown.

IOC nears start-up of Paradip refinery; expands FCCU capacity at Mathura

Aug 14, 2014

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOC) is near to commissioning its long-delayed 300,000-b/d, full-conversion refinery at Paradip, on India’s northeastern coast.

EPA extends comment period for proposed refinery regulations

Aug 14, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period by 60 days for its proposed rule that would force petroleum refiners to implement additional controls on toxic air emissions from their refineries.

API urges EPA to expedite 2014 RFS requirements

Aug 13, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute once again has called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to transcend its pattern of missing self-pronounced deadlines and to finalize requirements under the federal 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as soon as possible.

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