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Owners request extension for sale of shuttered Caribbean refinery

Sep 3, 2014

Hovensa LLC, the joint venture of Hess Corp. and Petroleos de Venezuela SA, has asked for an extension of the agreement that governs the established sales process of its shuttered 500,000-b/d refinery at St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, government officials confirmed.

Egyptian refinery secures loan for expansion project

Sep 3, 2014

Assiut Petroleum Refining Co. (ASORC) has secured financing from Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for the upgrade of its 47,000-b/d refinery in Asyut, Egypt.

Kansas refinery resumes normal operations

Sep 2, 2014

CVR Refining LP, Sugar Land, Tex., has resumed normal operations its 115,000-b/d refinery at Coffeyville, Kan., following a fire in late July that led to the plant’s shutdown.

Crude oil processing resumes at Achinsk refinery

Sep 2, 2014

OAO Rosneft has resumed crude oil processing at its 7 million-tonne/year Achinsk refinery in Bolshoy Uluy District, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Eastern Siberia, following a June 15 fire that shuttered operations at the plant.

Rosneft advances hydrotreating complex at Syzran refinery

Aug 29, 2014

OAO Rosneft has received a reactor and cold high-pressure separator to be used in the construction of a planned diesel hydrotreating complex at its 8.5 million tonne/year Syzran refinery in Russia’s Samara region.

Damaged unit weighs on diesel output at Porvoo refinery

Aug 29, 2014

Repairs remain under way on a damaged hydrogen production unit at Neste Oil Corp.’s 205,000-b/d Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti Industrial Area, about 20 miles east of Helsinki, Finland.

PDVSA shuts refinery generator for maintenance

Aug 29, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has shut down the power generation system that supplies its 190,000-b/d Puerto La Cruz refinery in eastern Venezuela for 30 days of major maintenance, the state-owned company said.

BP confirms fire at Whiting refinery

Aug 28, 2014

An overnight fire at BP PLC’s 413,000-b/d refinery in Whiting, Ind., has resulted in only minimal interruptions to operations at the site, the company said.

Planned maintenance under way at ExxonMobil’s Baytown complex

Aug 28, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. has started scheduled maintenance on a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at its 561,000-b/d integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Baytown, Tex.

European refiner squeeze seen in W. African crude changes

Aug 27, 2014

European refining is pivotal in “a second wave of structural changes” pummeling West African (WAF) crude oil prices in response to growing production of light oil in North America, notes a report from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, London.

Hungary lets contract for Danube refinery upgrade

Aug 27, 2014

Hungary’s state-owned MOL PLC, a subsidiary of MOL Group, Budapest, has let a contract to Axens for the upgrade and modernization of the mild hydrocracking unit at its 161,000-b/d Danube refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary.

Run rates still recovering at Amuay refinery after 2012 blast, PDVSA says

Aug 25, 2014

Venezuela's state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) said crude oil throughput rates continue to recover at the Amuay portion of its Paraguana refining complex in northwest Venezuela following a deadly explosion and fire at the site’s Block 23 storage area in August 2012 (OGJ Online, Aug. 27, 2012; Aug. 28, 2012).

Earthquake interrupts operations at Chilean refinery

Aug 25, 2014

Chile’s Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (Enap) has halted partial operations at its 104,000-b/d Aconcagua refinery at Concon, Chile, following an Aug. 23 earthquake in the Valparaiso region along the country’s Pacific coast, the state-owned company said.

Venezuela advances desalination plant for Paraguana refineries

Aug 22, 2014

Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) plans to commission by yearend the first module of a seawater desalination plant designed to supply water requirements for its Paraguana refining complex in northwest Venezuela, the state-owned company said.

NRL lets contract for Karachi refining complex

Aug 19, 2014

Pakistan’s National Refinery Ltd. (NRL) has let a contract to China National Chemical Engineering Corp. Ltd. (CNCEC) for work related to the upgrade and expansion of its refining complex in the Korangi Industrial Zone, about 9 miles southeast of the center of Karachi.

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