Category: Refining

The Atlantic Ocean could have one of its quietest hurricane seasons in years

About 4 percent of U.S. natural gas and 17 percent of oil production is centered in the Gulf.  More »

United Steelworkers reviewing contract proposal from Marathon Petroleum

Workers have been on strike since Feb. 1. Hancock said one of issues is Marathon’s move to dismantle the labor/management partnership that was launched after an explosion and fire killed 15 workers in 2005, when BP owned the refinery.  More »

U.S. refiners can bulk up to consume more domestic oil

A new report from the Energy Information Administration suggests refiners can — and will — invest in new equipment to process the light oil flowing out of U.S. wells today, but a debate over crude exports could undermine some of those plans.  More »

Striking refinery workers in Kentucky will return to work this week

The USW workers went on strike Feb. 1 as part of the original nine sites that launched a nationwide walk out.  More »

Record gasoline output to curb biggest U.S. oil glut in 85 years

Refiners are enjoying the best margins in two years as they finish seasonal maintenance of their plants before the summer driving season.  More »

The petrochemical industry has billions in projects on tap, but not enough workers to build them

Craft laborers require years of training, but the industry has failed to consistently invest in developing that workforce, leading to a worker shortage plaguing the petrochemical building spree.  More »

Exxon may be expanding its Beaumont refinery

Reuters reported in July that Exxon was considering a third crude distillation unit at the Beaumont refinery, potentially doubling its current 344,600-barrel per day capacity with a multi-billion dollar project.  More »

A former EPA lawyer has been tapped to lead U.S. refiners’ top lobbying group

The hire suggests the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers trade association is preparing for big battles on biofuel mandates, crude-by-rail rules and oil exports.  More »

Analyst sees little chance oil export ban will end soon

An energy analyst says the U.S. prohibition on most crude oil exports probably will remain in place because policymakers have more pressing concerns than lifting the ban.  More »

LyondellBasell to expand Pasadena plant

LyondellBasell’s chemical expansion announcement comes as the international chemical and refining company continues to square off with the United Steelworkers employees over premium pay issues.  More »

Shell workers in Deer Park end strike

United Steelworkers at Shell Deer Park and Shell Chemical join employees at four Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas who have also ended strikes.  More »

Crude inventories offer enough supply for a month of refining runs

The U.S. has enough oil to feed 29 days of refinery demand, the highest level in decades, according to a new government report.  More »

Oil exports would give US leverage, former ambassador says

So far, most of the congressional debate on crude exports has focused on the economics of the issue, but former Amb. Carlos Pascual’s comments amplify geopolitical concerns with the longstanding trade restrictions for oil.  More »

Striking refinery employees could come back to work by end of March

Last week, negotiators for Shell, which was representing the industry, and the union agreed on a deal that provides a national framework for contracts.  More »

Report: Refiners can handle the flood of light U.S. crude

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, which commissioned the analysis, hopes it will debunk oil producers’ chief argument for crude exports by proving that refiners have the capacity to consume light, sweet U.S. crude.  More »
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