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Total to shut down Carling steam cracker

Sep 4, 2013

Total will shut down its Carling steam cracker in the Lorraine region of eastern France and use facilities there to produce hydrocarbon resins and polymers (OGJ Online, July 17, 2009).

Essar Energy’s refining margins up in India, down in UK

Aug 21, 2013

Essar Energy PLC said its gross refining margins were up in India during the quarter that ended June 30, but down in the UK.

Several ‘incidents’ reduce capacity at Motiva Port Arthur refinery

Aug 20, 2013

Two separate “incidents” that resulted in small fires at two separate, unspecified units at Motiva Enterprices LLC’s Port Arthur, Tex., refinery complex will result in the 600,000-b/d nameplate facility being run at a reduced capacity for an indefinite period of time, a spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed for OGJ.

API, AFPM ask EPA to partially waive 2014 ethanol requirements

Aug 14, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Petrochemical & Fuel Manufacturers jointly asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to partially waive 2014 ethanol volume requirements under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard.

EPA finalizes 2013 biofuel quotas; to address E10 ‘blend wall’

Aug 7, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced final 2013 biofuel quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard. It also said it will use authority it has under RFS to address concerns about a possible E10 “blend wall” when it proposes 2014 biofuel volume requirements.

Chevron settles charges stemming from Richmond refinery fire

Aug 6, 2013

Chevron USA Inc. agreed to pay $2 million in fines on Aug. 5 as it pleaded no contest to six charges stemming from a fire at its Richmond, Calif., refinery nearly a year earlier.

House panel wants constructive, not combative, RFS discussion

Jul 23, 2013

Members of a US House Energy and Commerce subcommittee expressed frustration as petroleum industry witnesses said the federal Renewable Fuels Standard is working so poorly that it needs to be repealed, while fuel ethanol advocates said it has already produced significant benefits and deserves additional time to produce more.

EIA: Capacity at operable US refineries increases

Jul 16, 2013

As of Jan. 1, the 143 operable refineries in the US had a total crude distillation capacity of 17.8 million b/cd, up 2.9% from a year ago, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration.

API launches ‘fuel for thought’ campaign aimed at repealing RFS

Jul 16, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute launched a print, radio, and television advertising campaign designed to generate public support for repealing the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

Total taps KBR for Antwerp deasphalting unit

Jul 15, 2013

Total will use KBR’s proprietary ROSE solvent deasphalting technology in its upgrade of the 338,000-b/d refinery at Antwerp, Belgium (OGJ Online, May 23, 2013).

EIA: US Midwest gasoline prices returning to normal

Jul 8, 2013

The resumption of refineries across the US Midwest has contributed to gasoline prices in that area falling closer to normal, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Explosion rocks Williams’ Geismar, La., olefins plant

Jun 13, 2013

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, reported an explosion occurred within its Geismar, La., olefins plant in Louisiana at 8:37 a.m. CST June 13.

Total to add hydrocracker at Antwerp

May 23, 2013

Total plans a €1 billion modernization of its Antwerp, Belgium, refining and petrochemical complex that will include new upgrading capacity at the 338,000-b/cd refinery.

BASF Total cracker revamped to run ethane

May 23, 2013

BASF Total Petrochemicals LLC (BTP) has completed a revamp of its steam cracker in Port Arthur, Tex., enabling the 1-million-tonne/year facility to process ethane, supply of which is increasing from US shale plays.

BP starts Cherry Point diesel hydrotreater

May 10, 2013

BP PLC has commissioned a diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plant at its 234,000-b/d Cherry Point refinery at Blaine, Washington.

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