Exxon Mobil's Beaumont refinery (Jake Daniels/The Enterprise)

Exxon to boost Beaumont refinery output by 20,000 barrels

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Exxon Mobil said the addition of another 20,000 barrels per day of capacity would be geared toward processing the types of lighter crude oils that are flowing from Texas’ and North Dakota’s shale wells.
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)

DCP Midstream restructuring continues, Phillips 66 executives say

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Phillips 66 equity investment in the Denver-based master limited partnership posted an adjusted loss of $25 million in the second quarter compared to $12 million loss in the first quarter.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

As it doubles profits, Valero eyes more ways to grow

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Valero more than doubled its profits in the second quarter as it ran its refineries at full throttle to soak up cheap oil and crank out higher priced gasoline and other refined products.
The Elba liquefied natural gas import terminal near Savannah, Ga.

Kinder Morgan to take over Shell’s interest in Elba LNG project

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The deal will hand Kinder Morgan full ownership of the Elba Liquefaction Co., a joint venture building an about $2.1 billion natural gas liquefaction facility at Elba Island, Georgia.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

MPLX to buy MarkWest Energy Partners for about $15.8 billion

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The proposed deal combines the largest processor of gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Pennsylvania and Ohio with a growing oil and refined products partnership, according to the statement.
(Karen BLEIER/FILESKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge weighs whether environmentalists can join Exxon case

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The latest in the 11-year-old case between the Department of Environmental Protection and the petroleum company came Friday when Judge Michael Hogan heard roughly two hours of arguments from a coalition of seven environmental groups and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak on why they should be granted status as parties to the suit.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. Refining, once regarded as a low-margin, accident-prone part of the energy industry, is doing better in part because of cheaper natural gas and domestic crude oil. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Deluge of refinery expansions run risk of cost overruns, delays, report finds

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More than 30 refining expansions worth $14 billion total are under development across the United States as the industry hustles to take advantage of the oil glut, according to a new analysis by Petrochemical Update, which analyzes construction trends for the industry.
Plant operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise building a new pipeline to connect Gulf Coast petrochemical network

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Enterprise said the new projects will bring the company’s polymer grade propylene distribution system to a total length of 587 miles and connect the system to more than 30 petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Fire at Chevron refinery in California led to infighting at U.S. Chemical Safety Board

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The CSB strife can be traced back to the August 2012 fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery that sent thousands of people to East Bay hospitals seeking treatment.
This Thursday, April 19, 2012 file photo shows the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pa., near Philadelphia.  Delta Air Lines Inc. bought the refinery as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. A Delta subsidiary paid $150 million, including $30 million in job-creation assistance it is getting from the state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Delta refinery snaps up Nigerian crude, U.S. producers ask Congress for freedom to export

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The purchases mark a shift for the refinery, which had largely stopped importing Nigerian oil two years ago and had shifted to largely North American supplies, which have been trading at a discount to global crude.