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  1. HPCL lets contract for Visakh refinery revamp

    Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) has let contracts to Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) for work related to HPCL’s previously announced project to expand and modernize its 8.3 million-tonne/year Vishakapatnam (Visakh) refinery in Andhra Pradesh, on the country’s eastern coast ( OGJ Online, Jan. 19, 2016 ). Under the first contract, EIL will provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for major processing units, as well as related utilities and off sites (U&O), to be added during the refinery’s expansion and upgrading program, the service provider said in filings to India’s BSE Ltd. and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. As part of a second contract, EIL will deliver project execution services for the U&O installations and the proposed revamp of the refinery’s existing propylene recovery unit (PRU). With a combined value of more than 25 billion rupees, the two contracts stipulate a total project schedule of 43 months until mechanical completion, EIL said. The service company, however, did not disclose a specific timeline for when it plans to begin its scope of work under the contracts. Project overview Involving the addition of new units and upgrades to existing ones, HPCL’s Visakh refinery modernization project (VRMP) intends to expand the refinery’s processing capacity by 6.7 million tpy to 15 million tpy, as well as boost its production of low-sulfur fuels conforming to Euro 4 and Euro 5-quality standards. According to EFCC, HPCL’s VRMP will include the following: • A 9 million-tpy crude distillation unit (CDU), which will replace one of Visakh’s three existing CDUs. • A 3.3 million-tpy full-conversion, vacuum gas oil hydrocracker. • A 292,000-tpy naphtha isomerization unit. • A 3.1 million-tpy solvent deasphalting unit. • A 2.5 million-tpy slurry hydrocracker. • A 96-tonne/day PRU (to replace the refinery’s existing 216-tonne/day PRU). • Two 113,000-tpy hydrogen generation units (226,000 tpy total). • Two 360-tonne/day sulfur recovery units (720 tonnes/day total, including tail gas treatment). • A 36,000-tpy fuel gas pressure-swing adsorption unit. • A 300-tonne/hr nonhydroprocessing sour-water stripper. • A 185-tonne/hr hydroprocessing sour-water stripper. • Two 540-tonne/hr amine regeneration units (1,080 tonnes/hr total). • A 112,000-tpy sulfur recovery LPG treating unit. • A 1,000-cu m/hr integrated effluent treatment plant (EFP), which will replace all existing EFPs at the site. According to the latest project information available from HPCL and EIL, major processing units at the refinery are scheduled for revamp as follows: • A 30% capacity expansion of the naphtha hydrotreater in the refinery’s Motor Spirit block (MS) block to 1.5 million tpy. • A 35% capacity expansion of the continuous catalytic reforming unit in the MS block to 1.04 million tpy. • A 30% capacity expansion of the diesel hydrotreating unit to 2.86 million tpy. • An upgrade of the naphtha hydrotreater downstream of the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker to enable output of Bharat Stage (BS) V and BS VI-grade (equivalent to Euro 5 and Euro 6-quality) fuels. VRPM will require an estimated total capital investment of about 208 billion rupees to complete in its entirety, HPCL said in a late August 2016 presentation to investors. Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com .

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  2. NNPC restarts refineries, resumes production of diesel, kerosine

    Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) subsidiaries Port Harcourt Refining Co Ltd. (PHRC), Warri Refining & Petrochemcial Co. Ltd. (WRPC), and Kaduna Refining & Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (KRPC) have restarted operations and resumed stable production of diesel and kerosine at the country’s four ...

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  3. EIA: US crude stockpiles gain 4.1 million bbl

    US commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased 4.1 million bbl during the week ended Jan. 6 from the previous week’s total, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Petroleum Status Report.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  4. EIA: Global stock builds to keep oil prices below $60/bbl through 2018

    Global petroleum and other liquid fuels inventory builds averaged 900,000 b/d in 2016, marking the third consecutive year of gains. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, issued this month, the pace of stock builds is expected to slow considerably to an ...

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  1. EIA: US crude inventories exited 2016 with 7.1 million-bbl drop

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  2. MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil price climbs on mixed inventory report

    Light, sweet crude oil futures rose on the New York market for a second consecutive day to approach $53.80/bbl on Jan. 5 as traders and analysts reacted to a mixed inventory report that showed US crude oil supply levels fell while fuel supply levels jumped.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. EIA: Oil inventory climbed to 486.1 million bbl

    US commercial crude oil inventories, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased 600,000 bbl for the week ended Dec. 23 compared with the previous week, the US Energy Information Administration reported.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  4. Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991

    U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions totaled 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016.

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    Fri, 30 Dec 2016

  5. Auto oil distillation testing units

    Determination of biodiesel and ethanol-blended gases plus prepared for automatic dry point detection are yours with this ADU 5 automatic distillation unit.

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    Sat, 15 Mar 2014

  6. Simulated Distillation Analysis of Kerosene and Diesel by ASTM D2887

    Simulated Distillation (SimDis) is a Gas Chromatographic technique for determining the boiling point distribution of petroleum products by Flame Ionization Detection. This information assists refinery engineers in determining the most efficient process for the distillation of crude oil and allows ...

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    Thu, 3 Mar 2011

  7. CB&I acquires Catalytic Distillation Technologies refining, petrochemical company

    CB&I has acquired Chemical Research and Licensing from CRI/Criterion, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc. This acquisition gives CB&I, through its Lummus Technology business sector, a 100% interest in Catalytic Distillation Technologies (CDTECH).

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    Mon, 3 Jan 2011

  8. Distillation analyzers get B100 FAME feature

    PMD 110 distillation analyzers have a newly added feature: B100 Biodiesel (FAME) application.

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    Tue, 1 Feb 2011

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