Category: Refining

US exporting a ‘tidal wave’ of gasoline, other fuels

U.S. refiners are sending a “tidal wave” of gasoline, diesel and other refined products onto the world market, taking advantage of the surge in domestic oil development that has helped drive Gulf Coast crude stockpiles to record levels, according to a new report.  More »

Feds: Pipe tear caused oil refinery blast

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.  More »

Valero can send oil back to Canada

San Antonio’s Valero Energy has received federal permission to send oil from Canada back to a refinery there.  More »

Moody’s: New Chinese plants could hamper global refining earnings

Cheap natural gas and oil supplies will give Gulf Coast refiners an edge in global markets, but over the next two years new plants coming online in China and the Middle East are poised to dampen worldwide demand for refined products like gasoline, according to a report released Monday.  More »

No more oil found near Indiana refinery spill (photos)

The Coast Guard says crews didn’t find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week’s spill at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.  More »

Petrobras spending on Pasadena refinery snares Brazil finance minister in scandal

Brazil’s top finance official is being roped into a growing scandal over Petroleo Brasileiro SA’s $1.19 billion purchase of a Texas plant, the latest in a string of troubles plaguing the company’s money-losing refining unit.  More »

Exxon Mobil refinery receiving crude shipments again after channel closure

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s major refinery in Baytown can push its output of refined products back up again after a decline when the Houston Ship Channel closed for three days.  More »

BP, feds cleaning up oil spill in Lake Michigan

The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.  More »

Houston Ship Channel reopens after oil spill

The prospect that at least some vessels soon may resume travel through the Houston Ship Channel eased worries that an oil spill Saturday will threaten productivity from area refineries.  More »

Phillips 66 expands area facilities with gaze focused abroad

Originally built by the U.S. government to process fuel for Allied aircraft during World War II, Phillips 66′s Sweeny plant now is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company.  More »

Prosecutors ask $197M fine for CITGO in 2006 spill

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine Citgo Petroleum Corp. at least $197 million in a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit filed in a 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery. The Advocate reports the Justice Department argued in court filings this month that the legal maximum […]  More »

Texas refinery agrees to cut air pollution, pay fine

A Port Arthur refinery has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment while also paying a $350,000 fine for multiple violations of the Clean Air Act.  More »
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