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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
Local officials have approved Chevron Corp. to proceed with the long-delayed $1 billion modernization of its 257,000-b/d Richmond, Calif., refinery on the contingency the company agrees to implement additional recommendations into its project plans.
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.
PetroRabigh, a joint venture of Aramco and Sumitomo Chemicals, plans to complete the $10 billion upgrades to its 400,000 b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Rabigh in the fourth quarter.
Hellenic Petroleum SA expects to complete work next year on upgrades of two of its refineries in Greece.
ConocoPhillips has confirmed plans to delay the upgrade of its 260,000-b/d Wilhelmshaven refinery in Germany.
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.