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Details emerge on Pemex’s Salina Cruz refinery upgrade

Oct 14, 2014

Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG’s global engineering and construction group for work related to an ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) project at its Antonio Dovali Jaime refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

Ergon plans Mississippi refinery expansion

Oct 14, 2014

Ergon Inc., Jackson, Miss., is planning a $150-million expansion at its subsidiary Ergon Refining Inc.’s specialty naphthenic base oil refinery in Vicksburg, Miss., the company said.

Lukoil restarts Romanian refinery

Oct 13, 2014

Russia’s OAO Lukoil has restarted operations at its subsidiary AO Petrotel-Lukoil’s 2.4-million tonne/year refinery in Ploiesti, Romania, 55 km outside of Bucharest, after production was halted following an Oct. 2 search and inspection of the plant’s offices by Romanian law enforcement agencies.

Groups sue to block California refinery expansion

Oct 10, 2014

Environmental groups have petitioned a California superior court to stop Alon USA Energy Inc. from moving forward with a plan to expand existing receiving and processing options for North American shale light crude oils at its 70,000-b/d Bakersfield refinery.

Bahrain advances refinery modernization

Oct 9, 2014

Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) has let a contract to Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a joint venture of CB&I and Chevron Corp., for technology and engineering as part of the planned expansion and upgrade of the 267,000-b/d refinery at Sitra, on Bahrain’s eastern coast.

Suncor wraps planned maintenance at Edmonton refinery

Oct 8, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has completed a month of scheduled maintenance at its 142,000-b/d refinery in Edmonton, Alta., the company said.

Neste Oil plans integration of Finnish refining operations

Oct 7, 2014

Neste Oil Corp. plans to invest €500 million in a program designed to consolidate and optimize performance of its Finnish refineries as part of an effort to keep the company’s European operations competitive.

US refiners could process more light tight crudes, study finds

Oct 6, 2014

US refiners will have the capacity by 2020 to process 3.1-4.3 million b/d more of light, tight crude oil (LTC) than in fourth-quarter 2013, according to a Baker & O’Brien Inc. study commissioned by Consumers & Refiners United for Domestic Energy (CRUDE).

Neste lets contract for biopropane unit at Rotterdam refinery

Oct 6, 2014

Neste Oil Corp. has let a contract to Neste Jacobs Oy of Findland to for engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) for a planned biopropane unit at its 800,000-tonne/year Rotterdam renewable diesel refinery in the Netherlands.

Gazprom Neft advances Moscow refinery revamp

Oct 3, 2014

Russian oil producer JSC Gazprom Neft has commissioned a newly reconstructed and refurbished sulfur-recovery unit at its 12.15 million tonne/year Moscow refinery.

Romania launches search at Lukoil’s Ploesti refinery

Oct 3, 2014

Russia’s OAO Lukoil has confirmed that Romanian law enforcement agencies have carried out a search and inspection of its subsidiary AO Petrotel-Lukoil’s offices at the company’s 2.4-million tonne/year refinery in Ploiesti, Romania, 55 km outside of Bucharest.

Petroecuador shutters Esmeraldas refinery for maintenance

Oct 2, 2014

State-owned Petroecuador has shut down its 110,000-b/d Esmeraldas refinery for 40 days of planned maintenance related to a 14-month program of phased rehabilitation and modernization projects under way at the plant.

Explosion hits PKN Orlen’s olefins plant in Poland

Oct 1, 2014

Polski Koncern Naftowy SA (PKN Orlen) confirmed a small explosion occurred early Oct. 1 at its 16.3 million-tonne/year refinery and petrochemical complex integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Plock, Poland.

Isom unit at Rosneft’s Kuibyshev refinery delivers first product

Oct 1, 2014

The newly commissioned isomerization (isom) unit at OAO Rosneft’s 6.8 million-tonne/year Kuibyshev refinery in Russia’s Samara region has produced its first lot of on-specification isomerate to be used in the production of high-octane gasoline, the company said.

Industry groups mixed as EPA releases 2013 GHG emissions inventory

Sep 30, 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions from more than 8,000 large US industrial sources totaled 3.18 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2013, about half of total domestic GHG emissions, the US Environmental Protection Agency said in its fourth annual GHG inventory.

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