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Clean-fuel specs strain South African refiners

Jun 18, 2009

South African refiners will need to invest $4.95 billion by 2014 to comply with clean-fuel specifications, a senior Sasol SA official said earlier this month.

Worldwide refining capacity growth rises again in 2008

Dec 22, 2008 In 2008, growth in crude distillation capacity continued to build on momentum of past years; refiners added more capacity than the past 2 years, according to the latest OGJ Refinery Survey.

Special Report: Asia petchem expansions to 2015 increase demand for naphtha

Dec 15, 2008 A wave of ethylene investment will take place in Asia during 2009-11 with distinct peaks in early and late 2009.

Special Reports: China, India lead growth in Asian refining capacity

Dec 15, 2008 Asian refining capacity continues to grow rapidly despite the effects of a suffering global economy.

Japan's refining industry 'oversupplied,' executive says

Dec 12, 2008 Oversupply will persist in Japan's refining industry, and further consolidations will be necessary if demand continues to decline, according to Kenichi Matsui, managing director, finance, at Idemitsu Kosan Co.

Showa Shell Seikyu looks to solar power

Dec 6, 2008 Showa Shell Sekiyu KK expects alternative energy to become increasingly important in Japan and as such is ramping up its solar power efforts, according to Pres. Jun Arai.

Flint Hills promotes key operations staff

Dec 3, 2008 Flint Hills Resources has made several appointments at the company's Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery.

Egypt Jurassic discovery sets depth marks

Dec 1, 2008 IPR Inc., Irving, Tex., gauged a Jurassic oil and gas-condensate discovery at the second deepest well in Egypt's Western Desert.

Special Report: Software-supported process ensures safer work practices

Dec 1, 2008 To ensure consistency in application across all its deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets, BP has worked with Petrotechnics to identify and implement industry best practices and incorporate those into a uniform approach to how all work is done at the frontline.

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a New regs require lower bunker fuel sulfur levels

Nov 24, 2008 Recently ratified International Marine Organization regulations that call for a decrease in the sulfur level of marine bunker fuels may cause refiners to invest in more desulfurization and conversion capacity.

Downstream industry struggles with fewer resources, study says

Nov 17, 2008 The global engineering contractor industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified manpower, according to a biennial survey of refiners and petrochemical producers.

Analysts, others assess possible actions of Obama administration

Nov 7, 2008 Voting machines had barely cooled down earlier this week before energy analysts began to evaluate the apparent election victory of Ill. Sen. Barack Obama.

Aramco appoints Al-Falih president, CEO

Nov 3, 2008 Saudi Aramco has appointed Khalid Al-Falih president and chief executive officer starting Jan. 1, 2009.

Chinese design drilling fluids for Tuha’s Jurassic sandstone

Nov 3, 2008 New drilling fluids prevent formation damage in a sandstone reservoir in northwest China’s Turpan Hami (Tuha) basin.

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