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Decision due for Total's Dunkirk refinery

Dec 11, 2009

The future is in question for Total SA’s 137,000 b/d Dunkirk refinery, also called the Flanders refinery, in northern France.

Valero to close Delaware City refinery

Nov 20, 2009

Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio, will permanently close its 210,000-b/d Delaware City, Del., refinery, citing financial losses caused by “very poor economic conditions, significant capital spending requirements, and high operating costs.”

Silver Eagle shuts Utah refinery at CSB suggestion

Nov 20, 2009

Silver Eagle Refining Inc. has shut down its 12,500 b/cd Woods Cross refinery in Utah on the suggestion of the US Chemical Safety Board and state officials.

Vietnam's Dung Quat refinery to shut for repairs

Nov 17, 2009

PetroVietnam, apparently at the urging of state officials, reported it will shut down the 148,000 b/d Dung Quat refinery for 10-14 days for maintenance in December.

Valero to shut Paulsboro FCCU until early 2010

Nov 13, 2009

Unscheduled maintenance on the scrubber at the Valero Energy Corp.’s Paulsboro, NJ, refinery’s 55,000-b/d fluid catalytic cracking unit will force its shut down later this month, according to a company news release.

Fujian complex reaches full operation

Nov 11, 2009

The Fujian Integrating Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in Quanzhou, China, has reached full operation, partners said Nov. 11.

Western Refining trimming New Mexico units

Nov 10, 2009

Western Refining Inc., El Paso, is consolidating operations of its two small refineries in New Mexico to reduce operating costs in a period of shrunken refining margins.

CSB to investigate fire at Tesoro Salt Lake City refinery

Oct 23, 2009

A team from the US Chemical Safety Board was sent to investigate an Oct. 21 fire at Tesoro Corp.’s 58,000-b/d Salt Lake City refinery, it was reported on Oct. 23.

EPA objects to BP Whiting refinery permit

Oct 22, 2009

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued an objection regarding a federal air permit for BP North America's refinery in Whiting, Ind., leaving the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to review an existing permit.

Sunoco idles Eagle Point refinery in New Jersey

Oct 6, 2009

Another US independent refiner is slashing operations in response to low refining margins.

Tesoro reports fire knocked out at Wilmington refinery

Sep 28, 2009

A fire that errupted early Sept. 28 in the coking unit of Tesoro Corp.’s 100,000-b/cd Wilmington, Calif., refinery, has been extinguished, the San Antonio-based company reported.

Valero shuts Delaware City coker, gasifier

Sep 9, 2009

Valero Energy Corp. is shutting down the coker and gasifier complex at the 210,000-b/cd refinery operated at Delaware City, Del., by its Premcor Refining Group Inc. subsidiary.

Vietnam urges quick repair of Dung Quat refinery

Sep 4, 2009

Vietnam has asked general contractor Technip to deal swiftly with the breakdown at the country’s first refinery at Dung Quat so that operations can resume as soon as possible.

Market surplus forces Total to shut down refinery

Sep 3, 2009

Total SA will shut down for a few weeks beginning mid-September its 137,000 b/d Flanders refinery near Dunkirk, France, because surplus supply has undercut refiners’ margins on products.

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.

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