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Fire breaks out at West Texas refinery

Jul 23, 2014

Western Refining Inc. has extinguished a fire that occurred early on July 23 in a boiler at its 128,000-b/d refinery at El Paso, Tex.

Fire hits at Pemex’s Ciudad Madero refinery

Jul 23, 2014

The cause of an overnight fire on July 23 at Petroleos Mexicanos’s (Pemex) 190,000-b/d Francisco I. Madero refinery in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, has yet to be determined, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said.

Chevron accepts amended plan for Richmond refinery revamp

Jul 22, 2014

Chevron Corp. has agreed to accept an alternative, more environmentally friendly plan proposed by city officials for the long-delayed $1 billion modernization of its 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery.

Delta inks crude supply agreement for Trainer refinery

Jul 21, 2014

Monroe Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc., has entered into a 5-year agreement with midstream logistics provider Bridger LLC, Addison, Tex., to supply 65,000 b/d of US crude oil to Delta’s 185,000-b/d refinery in Trainer, Pa.

SOCAR lets contract for Baku refinery

Jul 18, 2014

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has let a contract to Hamon Thermal Europe SA of France for the delivery of a water-cooling unit at its Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Orpic lets contract for Sohar refinery modernization

Jul 18, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic), through a contractor, has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, for work related the upgrade of its 116,000-b/d Sohar refinery about 230 km northwest of the Omani capital of Muscat.

Ineos secures loan guarantee for Grangemouth upgrade

Jul 17, 2014

Ineos AG, Switzerland, has secured a £230 million loan from the UK government that will allow the company to move forward with a planned upgrade at its 210,000-b/d Grangemouth, Scotland, refinery and petrochemical complex.

Petrotrin blames US shale gas revolution for reduced refinery runs

Jul 16, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned Petrotrin is blaming the shale gas revolution in the US and lower crude prices at Cushing, Okla., for its decision to significantly reduce its refinery throughput to 120,000 bo/d from 180,000 bo/d.

ORPIC wraps maintenance at Sohar refinery

Jul 16, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has completed planned maintenance activities at its 116,000-b/d Sohar refinery.

BP lets contract for Washington refinery

Jul 15, 2014

BP PLC has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for work related to coker units at its 234,000-b/d Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Wash.

Petroecuador begins 14-month phased revamp at Esmeraldas refinery

Jul 15, 2014

State-owned Petroecuador has started the first phase of a 14-month cycle of rehabilitation and modernization activities at its 110,000-b/d Esmeraldas refinery that will require intermittent periods of suspended operations at the plant.

Chevron’s Richmond refinery upgrade advances

Jul 11, 2014

Local officials have approved Chevron Corp. to proceed with the long-delayed $1 billion modernization of its 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery on the contingency the company agrees to implement additional recommendations into its project plans.

Okinawa refinery resumes operations following typhoon

Jul 11, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), is in the process of restarting operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa, Japan, following a shutdown ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region earlier in the week.

Sinochem commissions Quanzhou refining complex

Jul 10, 2014

Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinochem Group, has commissioned its 240,000-b/d refining complex at Quanzhou in southern Fujian Province, China.

Operations remain halted at Okinawa refinery

Jul 9, 2014

Nansei Sekiyu KK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), has suspended operations at its 100,000-b/d Nishihara refinery on the island of Okinawa in southwestern Japan ahead of Typhoon Neoguri’s arrival to the region.

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