More Refining Operations News

Oman finalizes Italian financing for Sohar refinery modernization

May 29, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) has secured a $100 million loan guaranteed by Italian export credit agency SACE to finance oil and gas technology exports from Italy for use in the modernization and expansion of its 116,000-b/d Sohar refinery.

Storm shutters crude unit at Marathon’s Garyville refinery

May 28, 2014

A power outage caused by inclement weather early on May 28 has led to the shuttering of one of two crude units at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s 522,000-b/d Garyville, La., refinery.

Kazakhstan lets contract for Atyrau refinery

May 28, 2014

The refining and marketing division of Kazakhstan’s state-owned KazMunaiGaz (KMG), through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG for the engineering and material supply of a steam reformer heater and air preheating system at its 104,000-b/d refinery at Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

Environmental review issued for California refinery revamp

May 27, 2014

California’s Kern County Planning & Community Development Department (KCPCDD) has issued a draft environmental impact report (EIR) for Alon USA Energy Inc.’s request to increase the flexibility of its existing 70,000-b/d Bakersfield, Calif., refinery to process cost-advantaged light crude oils sourced from North American shale regions.

Suncor wraps planned maintenance at Canadian refineries

May 27, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has completed planned maintenance activities at its refineries in Edmonton, Alta., and Montreal, Que., the company said.

FGE: Japan likely to see further cuts to refining capacity

May 22, 2014

A 2010 ordinance enacted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) requiring Japanese refiners to raise their mandatory cracking-to-crude distillation capacity ratio has succeeded in slashing the country’s refining capacity, but further cuts are likely to occur by 2018, says Facts Global Energy (FGE).

API: US petroleum demand hits 4-year high in April

May 22, 2014

Total US petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, increased 2.3% from April 2013 to average 19 million b/d this April, the highest April deliveries in 4 years, the American Petroleum Institute said in its monthly statistical report.

Vietnam’s sole refinery enters planned maintenance

May 20, 2014

Binh Son Refining & Petrochemical Co. Ltd. has shuttered its 140,000-b/d Dung Quat refinery in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, for 2 months of planned maintenance.

Preem restarts units at Swedish refinery

May 19, 2014

Swedish refiner Preem Petroleum AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corral Petroleum Holdings AB, Stockholm, has completed repairs to and restarted two units at its 210,000-b/d Lysekil, Sweden, refinery.

State error delays permitting for Montana refinery project

May 16, 2014

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is reopening the public comment period for a preliminary decision to approve an air quality permit for Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP’s low-sulfur fuels expansion project at its 10,000-b/d refinery along the Missouri River in Great Falls, Mont., following a notification oversight by the state agency.

MRPL commissions hydrotreater at Mangalore refinery

May 15, 2014

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., has commissioned a 650,000 tonne/year coker heavy gas oil hydrotreating unit (CHTU) at its 194,000-b/d refinery in Mangalore, India.

EPA proposes air emissions requirements for refineries

May 15, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed making refiners measure benzene emissions around their facilities’ fences and make the results publicly available.

Neste Oil shutters Porvoo refinery unit for repairs

May 12, 2014

Neste Oil Corp. has shuttered one of four production lines for repairs at its 205,000-b/d Porvoo, refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki, Finland.

Delek’s El Dorado refinery increases light crude capability

May 8, 2014

Delek US Holdings Inc. said it has boosted light crude oil processing capabilities at its 80,000-b/d refinery in El Dorado, Ark., following the completion of a planned maintenance turnaround in February.

Eni sheds eastern European refining assets

May 7, 2014

Italy’s Eni SPA has signed several agreements to sell its refining and marketing assets in eastern European countries as a part of its strategy to reduce the company’s global refining capacity.

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