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Marathon Petroleum to buy BP's Texas City refinery

Oct 8, 2012

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to buy BP PLC’s 451,000-b/cd Texas City, Tex., refinery and related assets for as much as $2.5 billion.

Fire kills worker at Russian refinery

Oct 5, 2012

A fire at TNK-BP’s 130,000-b/d Saratov refinery in southwestern Russia burned four workers on Oct. 4, killing one. Injuries to the other three were not considered life-threatening.

Wynnewood Refining explosion kills one worker

Oct 1, 2012

A Sept. 28 boiler explosion at a Wynnewood, Okla., refinery owned by CVR Energy Inc. of Sugar Land, Tex., killed one worker and critically injured another, a spokeswoman with the US Department of Labor said Oct. 1, adding the incident is under investigation.

Lukoil unit resumes olefins production

Sep 25, 2012

Stavrolen, a subsidiary of Lukoil, has resumed full production of ethylene and propylene at its complex in the Stavropol region of Russia after completing repairs to the ethylene unit, which was damaged by fire in mid-December 2011.

Eni's Venice refinery to be 'biorefinery'

Sep 24, 2012

Italy’s Eni SPA will turn its 80,000-b/d Venice refinery at Porto Marghera, Italy, into a “biorefinery” based on proprietary technology for the production of biodiesel.

EPA establishes 1.28 billion gal biodiesel minimum for 2013

Sep 14, 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency established the amount of biodiesel products to be included in US fuel markets during 2013 at 1.28 billion gal. EPA said it acted under provisions of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which established a second phase of the federal renewable fuels standards.

India eases price pressure on state refiners

Sep 14, 2012

India’s government has taken the politically difficult step of raising the controlled price of diesel by 5 rupees/l. (about 9¢/l.). In New Delhi, the new price will be about 47 rupees/l.

Dutch refiner lets contract for Zeeland refinery

Sep 11, 2012

Dutch refiner Zeeland Refinery NV has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to a unit of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group to upgrade the distillate hydrocracker at the Zeeland refinery at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Venezuelan refinery flare-ups linger

Aug 28, 2012

Firefighters continued to battle flare-ups at tanks in the Amuay section of the 940,000-b/d Paraguana Refining Center in Venezuela Aug. 29, 4 days after a deadly explosion and fire. The death toll rose to 48.

Gunvor restarts refinery in Germany

Aug 27, 2012

Gunvor Group Ltd. has restarted the 100,000-b/d refinery in Ingolstadt, Germany, that it acquired from Petroplus Holdings AG earlier this year.

Deadly explosion rocks Venezuelan refinery

Aug 27, 2012

Firefighting extended into a third day at a storage area of the big Paraguana Refining Center in Venezuela after an Aug. 25 explosion and fire in the Amuay section that killed at least 41 people, according to press reports.

Caltex to shut Kurnell refinery near Sydney

Jul 27, 2012

Caltex has decided to close its Kurnell refinery on Botany Bay, just south of Sydney, and convert the facility into a fuel import terminal at a cost of $680 million (Aus.).

New joint venture to keep Philadelphia refinery in operation

Jul 2, 2012

A once-doomed 330,000-b/d refinery in Philadelphia will remain in service and receive an upgrade helped financially by the government of Pennsylvania.

Shell's Sydney refinery closure brought forward

Jun 7, 2012

Shell Australia has brought forward the date of closure of its Clyde refinery in Sydney to the end of September.

Gunvor Group to acquire Ingolstadt refinery

May 31, 2012

Gunvor Group Ltd., Nicosia, Cyprus, signed a purchase agreement to acquire the assets of Petroplus’s Ingolstadt refinery and related German marketing activities.

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