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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.

Tesoro halts Hawaii refinery crude runs

May 2, 2013

Tesoro Corp. stopped running crude at its 93,700-b/cd Hawaii refinery on Apr. 30.

CSB draft report says neglect led to Chevron Richmond refinery fire

Apr 15, 2013

A failure to apply an inherently safer design, identify and evaluate damage mechanism hazards, and use effective safeguards led to an Aug. 6, 2012, pipe rupture and vapor release that ignited and shut down the No. 4 crude oil unit at Chevron USA Inc.’s Richmond, Calif., refinery, the US Chemical Safety Board said in a draft report.

Shell Australia looks to sell Geelong refinery

Apr 4, 2013

Shell Australia is looking for a buyer for its only refinery in southeastern Australia, the Geelong refinery, as part of Shell’s global strategy to concentrate investments on large-scale sites, such as the company’s Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore.

Sinopec, PetroSA in Mthombo refinery accord

Apr 3, 2013

China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) said it has reached a cooperation framework agreement with Petroleum Oil & Gas Corp. of South Africa (PetroSA) “which enabled the companies to move forward the world-scale Mthombo crude oil refinery project in Port Elizabeth’s Coega Industrial Development Zone.”

Repsol starts up Petronor delayed coker

Apr 3, 2013

Repsol has started up a 40,000-b/d delayed coker at the Petronor refinery at Muskiz near Bilbao, Spain, in a project that expands crude capacity to 240,000 b/d from 220,000 b/d.

EPA proposes sulfur cut in move toward California gasoline

Apr 1, 2013

US refiners would need to lower the sulfur content of gasoline to levels in place in Europe and elsewhere under a Mar. 29 proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at aligning federal regulations with those in effect in California.

BP-Husky Refining starts reformer in Ohio

Mar 12, 2013

BP-Husky Refining LLC has started up a new 42,000-b/d naphtha reformer at its 160,000-b/d Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio (OGJ Online, Jan. 20, 2010).

API mulls taking E15 legal challenge to US Supreme Court

Jan 29, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute is considering taking its legal challenge of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s introduction of gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend into the marketplace to the US Supreme Court, an API official said.

Hess closing FCCU to concentrate upstream

Jan 29, 2013

Hess Corp. will exit refining by closing its 70,000-b/d fluid catalytic cracking unit at Port Reading, NJ, as part of a strategy to concentrate on exploration and production.

Good policies crucial to US refining success, API official says

Jan 15, 2013

A strong US energy future heavily depends on being able to refine reliable motor fuels, suggested Cindy Schild, refining senior manager at the American Petroleum Institute. Sound decisions on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, the Renewable Fuels Standard, and refinery regulations could make a major positive difference, she maintained.

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