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  1. Marathon lets contract for ULSD project at Garyville refinery

    Marathon Petroleum Corp. has let a long-term contract to Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., to supply hydrogen to support an ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) project at its 539,000-b/d refinery at Garyville, La. Praxair will deliver hydrogen through its existing pipeline network in southeast Louisiana for the refinery’s ULSD project, which is planned for 2018, the industrial gas supplier said. Praxair disclosed no details regarding the value, specific duration, or volume of hydrogen to be delivered as part of the contract. Scheduled to be completed by yearend 2018, Marathon’s proposed $120-million ULSD project at Garyville intends to increase the refinery’s production of ULSD by 10,000 b/d, the company said in its latest general presentation to investors dated November 2016. Unfavorable market conditions in late 2015 previously led Marathon to cancel a proposed $2.2-2.5-billion residual oil upgrade expansion at the Garyville refinery ( OGJ Online, Oct. 30, 2015 ). Related projects The Garyville ULSD project joins a series of other initiatives related to Marathon’s ongoing planned investment of about $475 million to enhance margins across its entire refining system. In addition to the ULSD project, Marathon also has outlined a $220-million budget for upgrading works at the Garyville refinery’s fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) to boost the manufacturing site’s output of alkylate and light products, the company said. Started in third-quarter 2016, the Garyville FCC-alkylation revamp was targeted for completion by yearend, Ray Brooks, Marathon’s senior vice-president for refining, said in the company’s quarterly earnings call on Oct. 27. A similar $40-million FCC-alkylation project also is slated at Marathon’s 132,000-b/d refinery in Detroit, Mich., while another $95-million investment is earmarked for projects designed to expand ULSD export capacity at the 459,000-b/d Galveston Bay, Tex., refinery (30,000 b/d ULSD by late 2016; 115,000 b/d of gasoline, ULSD in 2019). Texas refinery integration Separately, Marathon continues to advance a previously announced program to fully integrate its Galveston Bay refinery with the operator’s nearby 86,000-b/d refinery at Texas City, Tex. First announced in fourth-quarter 2015, the South Texas Asset Repositioning (STAR) program includes a series of staged project investments at the Texas refineries that, alongside expanding crude processing capacity and enhancing reliability, also involve works to increase processing of residual oil, production of ULSD, and recovery of distillates and gas oil, Marathon said. Scheduled to be completed in 2021 at a cost of $1.5-2 billion, the STAR program will in result in an integrated Galveston Bay-Texas City refining complex (the Galveston Bay refinery) equipped with the following capacities: crude distillation, 585,000 b/d; vacuum distillation, 225,200 b/d; residual hydrocracking, 94,300 b/d; coking, 29,800 b/d; catalytic cracking, 184,800 b/d; catalytic reforming, 124,300 b/d; catalytic hydrocracking, 65,600 b/d; catalytic hydrotreating, 452,900 b/d; alkylation, 51,800 b/d; ROSE–Solvent deasphalting, 18,000 b/d; aromatics, 33,800 b/d; selective toluene disproportionation, 60,800 b/d; coke, 2,263 short tons/day; and sulfur, 1,351 long tons/day. Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com .

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  2. Takreer begins restart of Ruwais refinery

    Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer), the refining arm of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), is restarting operations at the recently shuttered 417,000-b/d West plant of its more than 800,000-b/d Ruwais refining complex in the UAE following an early January fire.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  3. Coombs named LyondellBasell executive vice-president

    Daniel Coombs has been appointed LyondellBasell’s executive vice-president, manufacturing and refining. He succeeds Kevin Brown, who is retiring in mid-February.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  4. TonenGeneral reports fire at Wakayama refinery

    TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK is investigating the cause of an early morning fire that took place on Jan. 18 at its 132,000-b/d refinery in Arida City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  1. Petrobras completes sale of Japanese downstream assets

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. EIA: US crude inventories up 2.3 million bbl

    US commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased 2.3 million bbl during the week ended Jan. 13 compared with the previous week's, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Petroleum Status Report.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  3. Carbon Emissions from Electric Generation Fall Below Transportation Emissions

    Electric power CO2 emissions fell to 1,803 million metric tons from October 2015 through September 2016, continuing a 10-year downward trend.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  4. 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.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  5. Rosneft, BP finalize dissolution of German refining JV

    Rosneft PJSC and BP PLC have completed a previously announced plan to dissolve their Ruhr Oel GMBH joint venture. The companies finalized the deal to dissolve the refining and petrochemical JV on Jan. 1, Rosneft said.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  6. Malaysia’s Petronas lets technology contract for RAPID

    PRPC Polymers Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Petroleum Nasional Bhd.’s (Petronas) majority-owned Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd., has let a contract to LyondellBasell Industries NV to deliver polyethylene process technology for a grassroots unit at Petronas’s refinery and petrochemical integrated ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  7. Aramco lets contract for Ras Tanura refinery

    Saudi Aramco has let a turnkey contract to Tecnicas Reunidas SA, Madrid, to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) on two packages of a clean-fuels project at Aramco’s 550,000-b/d Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, along the Persian Gulf.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  8. Takreer’s Ruwais refinery nearing restart, ADNOC says

    Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer), the refining arm of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), is preparing to restart about half of its more than 800,000-b/d Ruwais refining complex in the UAE following an early January fire that forced a partial shutdown of operations at the site.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

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