Industry News

Refinery restarts CDU, naphtha complex

Motiva Enterprises completed the restart of the large crude distillation unit (CDU) and Naphtha Processing Complex (NPC) at its 607,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas refinery, said sources familiar with plant operations.

Egypt exported 172.8 bln cubic feet of gas from Idku

Egypt exported 172.8 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 45 shipments from its Idku plant in the 2018-2019 financial year, state-owned company EGAS said in its annual report.

SOCAR increases gas production by 11.4% in third quarter

In the third quarter of 2019, SOCAR increased oil production by 2.8% and natural gas production by 11.4% compared to the same period of the previous year, producing approximately 21 million tons of oil and over 1.81 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Neste reports best ever quarter as renewables boost Finnish refiner

Neste reported its highest ever quarterly profit as renewable products helped the Finnish oil refiner and biofuel producer beat forecasts.

Stricter EPA Lead Rule Could Boost Water Pipe Replacement Demand

The Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed updates to its lead rule for drinking water that could add demand for pipeline replacement projects throughout the United States.

Enterprise Products to Expand Appalachia-to-Texas Pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners said it will move ahead with the expansion of its Appalachia-to-Texas (ATEX) ethane pipeline after a successful 30-day binding open season.

Chevron plans maintenance at Gorgon LNG export plant in Australia

Chevron Corp is planning to conduct maintenance rounds at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project through two separate periods this year and in 2020, according to a notice on the energy company's website.

Hong Kong-listed Towngas to build over 1 bcm gas storage

Hong Kong-listed Towngas plans to build about 1.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas storage in China by 2026, a senior company official said.

Golar LNG Limited & Golar LNG Partners L.P. announce organizational changes

Golar LNG Limited (“Golar” or “the Company”) announced that, after almost 20 years of service with the Golar group Graham Robjohns has decided to step down from his position as Chief Financial Officer

Air Liquide signs new long term contract in Kazakhstan

In the context of a new long term agreement with Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI), Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases will build, own and operate a new nitrogen unit in the growing chemical basin of Karabatan, close to the Atyrau refinery.

Fire-Destroyed Refinery: What went wrong

A thinning piece of metal pipe that had not been tested for corrosion led to a colossal blaze at one of Philadelphia Energy Solutions' most dangerous fuel-producing units, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said in a report.

Borealis to produce renewable polypropylene using Neste’s renewable propane

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative polyolefin solutions; and Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel, and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, are entering into strategic co-operation for the production of renewable polypropylene (PP).

Shell forms catalyst recycling joint venture

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. and Shell Catalysts & Technologies have signed an agreement to form a joint venture which will be called Shell & AMG Recycling B.V. The joint venture will provide a long-term sustainable solution for catalyst reclamation and recycling.

GE installs upgrades for Nigerian petrochemicals plant

GE Power and Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited (IEPL) announced that they have successfully executed GE’s 6B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) upgrade on the first two out of six 6B gas turbines at the petrochemical facility in Eleme, Rivers State.

Kinder Morgan announces $2B Elba liquefaction unit operation

The Elba Liquefaction Company, L.L.C. (ELC), a joint venture between Kinder Morgan, Inc. and EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG), announced the commercial in service of the first of ten liquefaction units of the approximately $2 billion Elba Liquefaction project.

Exxon to make $500M initial investment in Mozambique LNG

Exxon Mobil plans to invest more than $500 million in the initial construction phase of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique.