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Hess fined for pollution from New Jersey refinery

Apr 25, 2012

Hess Corp. agreed to pay an $850,000 civil penalty and spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its Port Reading, NJ, refinery, said the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice.

Eni limiting operation of Gela refinery

Apr 17, 2012

Eni SPA, citing poor refining margins in Europe, is limiting operation of its 105,000-b/cd Gela refinery on the southern coast of Sicily.

Jacobs gets Afipsky Refinery contract

Apr 10, 2012

Afipsky Refinery has let a contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. covering a basic engineering package for an amine regenerator unit, sour water stripper, and an expected 55 ton/day sulfur recovery unit.

Valero again suspending refinery in Aruba

Mar 19, 2012

Another Caribbean refinery able to run heavy, sour crude oil will cease operation. Citing “unfavorable refinery economics and the outlook for continued unfavorable refinery economics,” Valero Energy Corp. said it will halt crude runs at month’s end of its 235,000 b/d facility in Aruba.

AFPM: Refiners must speak with clearer, unified voice

Mar 12, 2012

The refining and petrochemical industries benefit the US, and their representatives must rebuke misleading criticisms from politicians so that the general public hears the facts, leaders of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) said Mar. 12 during an opening session of the AFPM annual meeting in San Diego.

Inquiry continues into 2009 HF release at Citgo refinery, CSB says

Mar 7, 2012

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) dispatched a team of investigators on Mar. 6 to the site of a July 19, 2009, hydrocarbon gas release involving hydrofluoric acid (HF) at Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery.

BP Cherry Point refinery in Washington receives fire repair, maintenance

Mar 1, 2012

BP PLC said it is repairing a fire-damaged crude distillation unit at its 222,300-b/cd Cherry Point refinery at Ferndale, Wash., and also starting maintenance activities on other units at the refinery in coming weeks.

HPCL commissions Visakh refinery units

Feb 23, 2012

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. has commissioned units enabling its Visakh refinery in Andhra Pradesh, India, to produce gasoline with emission standards equivalent to Euro 4 (less than 50 ppm sulfur).

Group to study Russian refining efficiency

Feb 16, 2012

BP PLC and research groups from the UK and Russia have formed a consortium to study ways to improve energy efficiency of Russian refineries.

Frost & Sullivan: Europe's refineries face 'further turmoil'

Jan 30, 2012

The pending bankruptcy of refiner Petroplus is only the start of further problems for nearly 40% of the European Union’s 104 refineries now in need of refurbishment, according to a new consultancy report.

ExxonMobil to sell Japan unit for $3.9 billion

Jan 30, 2012

ExxonMobil Corp. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK have entered into an agreement valued at $3.9 billion that will result in the restructuring of ExxonMobil’s holdings in Japan.

Hovensa to close 500,000 b/d Virgin Islands refinery

Jan 18, 2012

Hovensa LLC is closing its 500,000 b/d refinery at St Croix, USVI, the joint venture of Hess Corp. and Petroleos de Venezuela SA reported. After the shutdown, the Hovensa complex will operate as an oil storage terminal.

Petroplus to shut down three refineries in January

Dec 30, 2011

Petroplus Holdings AG reported Dec. 30 it will start the temporary shutdown of three of its refineries in Europe next month after lenders froze a $1 billion credit facility.

Total restructuring downstream businesses

Oct 10, 2011

Total SA is restructuring its downstream business to separate manufacturing from supply and marketing while emphasizing that it remains committed to its integrated structure.

ConocoPhillips seeks buyer for Trainer, Pa., refinery

Sep 27, 2011

ConocoPhillips plans to sell its 185,000-b/cd refinery in Trainer, Pa., and associated pipelines and terminals. The major plans to close the plant in 6 months unless a buyer is found.

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