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for steam methane reforming. Alliance last October said it had invested $1 billion of a planned $1.4 billion for the refinery upgrade . Projects completed at that time included installation of a 350,000 tonne/year catalytic reformer and conversion of
BP PLC has brought on stream all new and reconfigured units in the modernization of its 413,000-b/d refinery at Whiting, Ind. The project included a 102,000-b/d coker that came online last month.
Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) has signed a $2.8 billion loan agreement with a consortium of 21 international and national financial institutions to help fund the company’s projects, including the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), which will be 65% debt financed.
Hellenic Petroleum SA expects to complete work next year on upgrades of two of its refineries in Greece.
StatoilHydro has let an engineering and procurement contract to M.W. Kellogg Ltd. to upgrade the coker unit at its 186,000 b/d Mongstad refinery near Bergen, Norway.
Petrom SA, OMV AG’s Romanian subsidiary, has let key contracts in its delayed modernization of the 4.5-million tonne/year Petrobrazi refinery in Ploesti (OGJ, June 15, 2009, p. 22).
Total SA has earmarked €120 million for the scheduled 5-year turnaround of its 229,700 b/d Donges refinery near Saint Nazaire on the Loire estuary.
Under a two-phase, $1.3 billion investment program, Mariisky will upgrade its refinery with the support of Shell Global Solutions to increase capacity and meet stricter European specifications.
Owners of Madras Refineries Ltd. plan to spend 23.6 billion rupees ($528 million) to modernize the refinery and expand its capacity to 9.5 million tonnes/year from 6.5 million tonnes/year. The project is scheduled to be completed in 36 months. Partners in the project are the Indian government and
Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd. (KPRL) has awarded a contract to Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. to prepare the "basis of design" for an upgrade of its 85,500 b/cd hydroskimming refinery and for a products import terminal at Mombasa, Kenya.