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  1. Oil and Gas: Firefighters knock down blaze at California oil refinery

      TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion and fire erupted Saturday at a California oil refinery , exactly two years after a blast that crippled the plant and led to higher gasoline prices, authorities said. No injuries were reported from the Torrance Refining Co. near Los Angeles, and there were no evacuations or damage to any buildings outside the refinery, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes said. Three dozen firefighters using heavy streams of water battled flames that rose 40 feet in the air, and the fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes, Treskes said. "All safety systems at the refinery operated properly, and all personnel are safe and accounted for," Betsy Brien, a spokeswoman for the refinery owner, New Jersey-based PBF Energy Inc. , said in a statement. There was no immediate word on damage or the cause of the blast. However, most of the refinery continued to operate, Brien said. The blast came on the anniversary of a Feb. 18, 2015, explosion that slightly injured four contractors, destroyed a large part of the refinery, rocked the neighboring community 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles and sent a fine white ash raining down on nearby homes and cars. Later in the day, about 400 people gathered at the refinery in a previously planned protest to mark the anniversary and demand a ban on the use of a highly toxic and volatile chemical, modified hydrofluoric acid, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported ( http://bit.ly/2lwBWri ). The 2015 explosion involved a pollution-control device called a precipitator. Federal regulators later concluded that the explosion could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere. The blast tossed an 80,000-pound piece of equipment within feet of another unit where tens of thousands of pounds of modified hydrofluoric acid were stored in tanks. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concluded that there was a potential to release a toxic cloud and cause "serious injury or death to many community members." California regulators also fined ExxonMobil — then-owner of the refinery — more than $500,000 for safety violations. Most of the refinery was shut down for more than a year, leading to a shortage of gas that meets California's stricter pollution regulations and higher prices at the pump. Two other incidents were reported in the fall of 2015. One involved a leak of modified hydrofluoric acid and the other a leak in a pressurized pipe that created a large steam cloud. No injuries were reported. The refinery sits on 750 acres and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year, which accounts for about 8.3 percent of the state's total refining capacity.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  2. Gas Prices: New Jersey gas prices keeping flat after weeks of falling

    Motorists are seeing prices at the pumps in New Jersey hold steady.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017

  3. ExxonMobil Singapore refinery to expand

    Refinery construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2017 with completion anticipated in 2019.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  4. Oil and Gas: ExxonMobil employees inspire girls to pursue future in engineering

    In association with its ongoing “Be an Engineer” initiative, Oil and Gas giant, ExxonMobil, is inspiring girls to explore coursework and careers in engineering through its 14th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day program.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  1. Gas Prices: Northern New England gas prices hold steady

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Refinery : New Mexico congressman seeks White House help for refinery

    The Republican congressman from oil-rich southern New Mexico has approached President Donald Trump's administration with a proposal to construct a refinery in a state grappling with a budget crisis and the nation's second-highest unemployment rate.

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    Sat, 11 Feb 2017

  3. Velocity to build second SCOOP crude pipeline

    Velocity Midstream Partners LLC wholly owned subsidiary Velocity Central Oklahoma Pipeline LLC will build a second oil pipeline through the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP), delivering to storage at Cushing, Okla., and CVR Refining LP’s Wynnewood, Okla., refinery .

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  4. Gas Prices: Gasoline prices around Arizona up slightly this week

    Gasoline prices around Arizona are up slightly at the pumps this week.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  5. Fluor awarded contract for Woodfibre LNG project in Canada

    Fluor has signed an agreement with JGC America, Inc. to provide construction-related support to the front-end engineering and design services for the Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the District of Squamish near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Takreer reports fire at Ruwais refinery

    Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery Co. (Takreer), the refining arm of state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., has confirmed a fire broke out on Jan. 11 at its recently expanded Ruwais refining complex in the UAE, about 240 km west of Abu Dhabi City.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

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