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  1. Port of Longview working on crude oil refinery proposal

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Longview says it's working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery , the first such facility on the Columbia River. Port documents released Wednesday show Riverside Energy LLC last summer sought to build the refinery and a unit train rail loop to receive oil-by-rail shipments from the Bakken region in North Dakota. The documents were obtained as part of a records request by the environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper. Port of Longview spokeswoman Ashley Helenberg said that particular proposal is now "dormant," but port officials are still working with the company and expect a new plan. Riverside Energy officials did not return repeated calls for comment. According to the company's previous proposal, the refinery would process up to 30,000 barrels per day into diesel, gasoline and jet fuel and would ship those fuels in supertankers down the Columbia to regional and California markets. The refinery would receive 10 unit trains per month, or one every 3 days; a unit train has 100 to 120 cars. According to the documents, the refinery would have created more than 150 permanent jobs, with an average annual wage of $75,000. Columbia Riverkeeper said if a refinery is built in Longview, it would be the first on the West Coast in over 25 years, and the sixth refinery in Washington state. Longview is 50 miles north of Portland. The group said oil refineries are hazardous to human health and dangerous because of frequent accidents. An explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington, in 2010 killed seven workers. Refineries also attract more oil-by-rail, which is highly volatile, said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper. Crude oil trains in North America have exploded a dozen times in the past two years, including an explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec. "Oil refineries are some of the most toxic and polluting industries you can imagine, and they've wreaked havoc on our communities," VandenHeuvel said. But Port officials said the refinery is one of many energy-related projects proposed on the Columbia River. "This is what we do — Washington's ports were designed as our communities' business agents to evaluate opportunities for economic growth," the Port's Chief Executive Officer Geir Kalhagen said in a statement. It's unclear whether a refinery at the Port of Longview would serve the existing oil-by-rail terminal at Port Westward, just 10 miles from the proposed Longview site. Another oil-by-rail terminal also is proposed on the Columbia River at the Port of Vancouver just across from Portland.

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    Thu, 16 Apr 2015

  2. OSHA cites Holly Refining for violations at Tulsa crude oil refinery

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Holly Refining and Marketing-Tulsa LLC with 14 alleged serious violations following an inspection at the company's crude oil refinery in Tulsa. Proposed penalties total $62,500.

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    Wed, 16 Mar 2011

  3. Continental Refining crude oil Somerset refinery now fully operational

    Continental Refining Company (US Refinery 5113) announced Feb. 4 the completion of the turnaround and startup of its crude oil motor fuels refinery in Somerset, Kentucky. Following a thorough overhaul in 2012, the 80-year-old plant is now processing crude oil and producing high-quality finished ...

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    Wed, 6 Feb 2013

  4. Jacobs receives contract for ExxonMobil to support crude oil refining

    The project aims to expand crude oil throughout at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery.

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    Wed, 12 Aug 2015

  1. Crude oil refining detailed in annual Worldwide Refinery Survey

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    Thu, 19 Dec 2013

  2. BP using mini crude oil refinery to evade export ban

    BP is evading the U.S. ban on exporting oil by using a mini-refinery to produce just enough oil to go under the ban.

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    Fri, 7 Mar 2014

  3. RIL announces maintenance at Jamnagar crude oil refinery complex

    Reliance is planning to shut down one of its four crude distillation units for about three and a half weeks.

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    Mon, 10 Mar 2014

  4. Foster Wheeler awarded contract for grassroots crude oil refinery in Turkey

    The new refinery is designed to process a range of different crude oils, including Urals, Azeri Light and Kirkuk.

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    Wed, 8 Jan 2014

  5. Oil and Gas News: Saudi Aramco fire injures 8 workers; operations not impacted

    State-owned Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil production company, says eight of its workers have been injured in a fire that broke out at one of its oil terminals.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  6. Holly Corp. shuts-down Tulsa crude oil refinery

    Holly Corporation has shut down its West facility crude unit due to a mechanical failure that was discovered on Friday night.

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2011

  7. Keystone XL pipeline delay not expected to affect Port Arthur refining activity

    The delay of the federal government's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline isn't expected to slow crude oil refining in Port Arthur, Texas.

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    Tue, 15 Nov 2011

  8. PBF Energy completes Paulsoro heavy oil refinery acquisition

    Paulsboro is a high-conversion heavy crude oil refinery with a Nelson complexity rating of 13.1. Major process units include a delayed coking unit, a fluid catalytic cracking unit, hydrotreating units, a reformer, an alkylation unit, and 12,000 barrels per day of lube oil processing capacity.

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    Fri, 17 Dec 2010

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