Category: Refining

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 »

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »

Commentary: Hitting the gas…and the brakes

There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand.  More »

Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »

Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.  More »

Plains All American to build pipeline from Cushing to Memphis

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP said Thursday it plans to build a pipeline that would deliver as much as 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil to Valero’s Memphis plant when it’s completed in late 2016.  More »

Gulf Coast to benefit from refinery retrofits

Refiners are scrambling for ways to process newly abundant light crude from U.S. shale, and much of their construction and retrofitting investment will be on the Gulf Coast.  More »
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