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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.

PDVSA shutters unit at El Palito for repairs

May 6, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has shut down the fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) for repair work at its 126,900-b/d El Palito refinery near Pto. Cabello, Carabobo state.

Orpic secures financing for Sohar refinery upgrade

May 1, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) has signed a $2.8 billion loan agreement with a consortium of 21 international and national financial institutions to help fund the company’s projects, including the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), which will be 65% debt financed.

Ecopetrol’s Cartagena refinery revamp still under way

Apr 30, 2014

State-owned Ecopetrol SA said work related to an ongoing expansion and modernization project at its refining subsidiary’s Refineria de Cartagena SA’s (Reficar) 80,000-b/d refinery in Cartagena, Colombia, led to lower output during this year’s first quarter.

Maintenance under way at Baku refinery

Apr 22, 2014

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has started additional maintenance on units within its 239,000-b/d Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Suncor begins maintenance at Quebec refinery

Apr 22, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has started planned maintenance at its 137,000-b/d refinery in Montreal, Que.

LyondellBasell ends talks to sell French refinery

Apr 17, 2014

LyondellBasell has ceased discussions with Sotragem SA, Monaco, for the sale of its shuttered 105,000-b/d Berre refinery in France to Sotragem SAM.

KNPC finalizes contracts for Clean Fuels Project

Apr 17, 2014

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC) has finalized lump-sum turnkey contracts previously let to three groups of oil and gas service providers for work related to its Clean Fuels Project (CFP) at the Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries in southern Kuwait.

New Zealand refinery extends maintenance

Apr 15, 2014

Bad weather and additional repairs have led to a delay in planned maintenance that began in March at New Zealand Refining Co. Ltd.’s (NZRC) 107,000-b/d Marsden Point refinery at Northland on the North Island’s east coast.

Joint venture launches refinery in Kurdistan

Apr 15, 2014

Black Diamond Oil Co. and Rezhwan Co. have agreed to form a joint venture for a refinery in the Kurdistan region of Iraq that is scheduled to begin operations as soon as next week, the companies said in an Apr. 13 release.

SOCAR restarts units at Baku refinery

Apr 11, 2014

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has resumed operations at two units within its 239,000-b/d Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery in Baku, Azerbaijan, following installation and repair work.

Contract let for Guangdong heavy oil refinery

Apr 10, 2014

Sino-Venezuela Guangdong Petrochemical Co., a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp.’s (CNPC) PetroChina Co. Ltd., has let a second major contract to Metso Corp. for advanced valve technology at its 20-million tonne/year heavy crude oil processing plant in the Jieyang Nandahai Petrochemical Industrial Zone of China’s Guangdong province.

Construction nears for Egyptian refinery project

Apr 10, 2014

Egyptian Refining Co. (ERC) plans to begin construction this month on its grassroots refining upgrade project to be built within the existing Mostorod Petroleum Complex (MPC), 20 km northeast of Cairo in Qalyoubia Governate, Egypt.

Suncor begins planned maintenance at Alberta refinery

Apr 8, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc. has started planned maintenance at its 142,000-b/d refinery in Edmonton, Alta.

UK union calls on government to save Welsh refinery

Apr 3, 2014

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has called on the UK government to support Welsh industry and ensure secure gasoline supplies by helping to save Murco Petroleum Ltd.’s 135,000-b/d Milford Haven refinery in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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