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WoodMac: Global ethylene demand, production on the rise

Mar 20, 2014

Ethylene-producing assets that have access to low-cost natural gas feedstocks, such as the ones in North America, will lead the competition in global ethylene markets, Wood Mackenzie researchers said, adding that ethylene producers will have to utilize different strategies depending on their location in order to stay competitive.

Flint Hills proposes $300 million refinery upgrade

Mar 19, 2014

Flint Hills Resources (FHR), Wichita, Kan., plans to invest $300 million in two projects that would improve both energy efficiency as well as clean fuels production at its 339,000-b/d Pine Bend refinery at Rosemount, Minn.

PRL lets contract for Karachi refinery

Mar 18, 2014

Pakistan Refinery Ltd. (PRL) has let a contract to Honeywell’s UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Ill., for process technology and modular equipment at its 47,110-b/d refinery along the coastal belt of Karachi, Pakistan.

Earthquake shutters Japanese refinery

Mar 14, 2014

An early-morning earthquake off the island of Kyushu, Japan, on Mar. 14 has resulted in an emergency shutdown of Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.’s Tokuyama refinery and petrochemical complex.

Suncor begins maintenance at Commerce City refinery

Mar 13, 2014

Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, has started planned maintenance at its 98,000-b/d Commerce City, Colo., refinery near Denver.

North West Redwater lets contract for Alberta bitumen refinery

Mar 11, 2014

Partners in the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) have let a services-related contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for work at NWR’s greenfield bitumen refinery project in Sturgeon County, about 45 km northeast of Edmonton, Alta.

Maintenance planned for Jamnagar refinery

Mar 10, 2014

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, plans to shut down one of four crude distillation units for maintenance at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

New Zealand refinery enters crude supply deal

Mar 5, 2014

New Zealand Refining Co. Ltd. (NZRC) has entered into a partnership with BP PLC and Z Energy Ltd. to buy crude oil for processing at NZRC’s 107,000-b/d Marsden Point refinery at Northland on the North Island’s east coast.

Irving Oil starts turnaround at St. John refinery

Mar 3, 2014

Irving Oil Ltd. has started 6 weeks of scheduled maintenance on several processing units at its 250,000-b/d St. John refinery in the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Fire hits unit at Japanese refinery

Mar 3, 2014

A fire that broke out on Mar. 1 at TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK’s 296,000-b/d Kawasaki refinery in Kanagawa, Japan, has been contained.

Fire hits Motiva’s Convent refinery

Feb 25, 2014

Motiva Enterprises LLC is investigating a fire that broke out on Feb. 24 at its 227,000-b/d refinery in St. James Parish outside of Convent, La.

USW blasts Tesoro over lack of refinery safety

Feb 24, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW) has demanded that Tesoro Corp. develop a comprehensive, cohesive safety program after a sulfuric acid release at the alkylation unit of its 161,000-b/d Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez, Calif., in early February seriously injured two workers.

Shell to sell downstream operations in Australia to Vitol

Feb 21, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has reached a binding deal to sell its Australian downstream business, excluding aviation fuel and its lube oil blending and grease plants in Brisbane.

Repairs to halt production at Hellenic refinery

Feb 13, 2014

Hellenic Petroleum PA plans to temporarily shut down the flexicoker at its 100,000-b/d Elefsina refinery in Elefsis, Greece, for repairs following the discovery of damage to equipment associated with the unit’s gasifier.

Japanese refinery on schedule to close by end-March

Feb 6, 2014

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a wholly owned refining and marketing company of JX Holdings Inc. and Japan’s largest refiner, said it is on track to stop crude oil processing altogether at its 180,000-b/d Muroran refinery, on the northern island of Hokkaido.

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