Category: Refining

Allen Parish agrees to property lease for refinery

The Allen Parish Police Jury has agreed to lease more of the former Arizona Chemical property in Oakdale to a Texas-based company for a $100 million refinery.  More »

Chevron says fire contained at refinery in SF Bay area

Thousands of East Bay residents were ordered to stay in their homes with the windows and doors closed Monday night after a series of explosions and fires tore through Chevron’s Richmond refinery.  More »

Former East Texas oil town getting new refinery

New London students had everything they needed and more.  More »

Report: Shale boom revamping U.S. refining industry

A Hart Energy study concludes that refiners with access to U.S. shale oil and other unconventional crudes will realize larger margins, leading to higher utilization and new construction.  More »

Texas using health care reform ruling to fight EPA

Texas may have new courtroom ammunition in its fight over federal regulation of greenhouse gases: the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on health care reform.  More »

Large fire reported at Oklahoma oil refinery

Fire crews have been battling a large fire at an oil refinery in Tulsa.  More »

Phillips 66 profits jump on better refining margins

Phillips 66, which spun off from ConocoPhillips in April, reported a 14 percent jump in second quarter profits.  More »

Valero may split off retail operations

Valero Energy may split its retail business from the rest of the company. It is reviewing several ways to separate its retail operations, including a distribution to shareholders, the company said.  More »

Oil lobby group challenges renewable fuel mandate

The American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that the government is requiring refiners and gasoline importers to purchase renewable fuels that don’t exist.  More »

Refinery safety still falls short, regulators say

Safety at chemical plants and refineries has not improved despite scores of fatalities over the last decade and won’t until companies develop better systems for identifying red flags that point to potential disaster, panelists said at a hearing in Houston on Monday.  More »

Hearing raises concerns about refinery safety monitoring, transparency

Companies must do more to protect workers from disasters like the explosions aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and BP’s Texas City refinery, according to testimony before an independent board conducting hearings in Houston.  More »

Follow the Chemical Safety Board live

Fuel Fix reporter Zain Shauk will be tweeting live from the Chemical Safety Board’s conference on refining.  More »

Damaged Motiva refinery unit to reopen in 2013

The brand-new crude distillation was shut down in June after it suffered severe damage from a chemical leak.  More »

Marathon Petroleum pipelines unit files IPO

MPLX LP, the pipelines and storage subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, has filed plans to list its common units on the New York Stock Exchange, worth an expected $365 million, according to SEC documents.  More »

Carlyle, Sunoco agree to joint venture for refinery

Sunoco Inc. (SUN) and Carlyle Group agreed to form a joint venture to keep the oldest continually operating refinery on the U.S. East Coast open.  More »
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