Category: Refining

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »

Chevron seeks buyer for Hawaiian refinery

Chevron hired an investment banking firm to identify potential buyers interested in its Hawaiian assets, which include the refinery in Kapolei on the island of Oahu, a pipeline that connects the refinery to a terminal in Honolulu and five terminals across the Hawaiian islands.  More »

Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »

Shale boom boosts diverse group of refining, LNG, petrochemical interests

Unlike the first wave of investment, which gave the biggest boost to smaller independent oil companies that got an early start in shale plays, the manufacturing resurgence will involve a diverse set of players, including chemical giants like Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell, which are planning to expand their capacity along the Gulf Coast, and midstream companies hoping to export LNG, according to a report by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions  More »

Biorefineries planned for South Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday that NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants.  More »

Iowa Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy  More »

Ending oil export ban drawing more talk on Capitol Hill

The head of a Republican energy task force predicts the U.S. House of Representatives will advance legislation next year to relax a decades-old ban on exporting most U.S. crude.  More »

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »

Valero’s refinery release unrelated to prior Texas City power outages

Texas City emergency officials asked some residents to shelter in place for several hours early Sunday when an electrical malfunction caused Valero’s refinery it to emit toxic fumes.  More »

Valero restarts ethanol plant

Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.  More »

Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

Increasing demand has chemical plants building units for producing the chemical building block propylene.  More »

Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

An explosion and fire occurred late Wednesday at BP’s biggest U.S. refinery in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries.  More »
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