Category: Refining

Too few state oil refinery-safety checks

California regulators have not been conducting the intensive workplace-safety inspections of Chevron’s Richmond plant and the state’s 14 other oil refineries that federal standards call for, a Chronicle investigation shows.  More »

Refinery workers on list of disappearing jobs

Petroleum pump operators are expected to lose 6,200 jobs between 2010 and 2020, a 14 percent decline, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  More »

Chavez backs oil minister after refinery blast

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended his oil minister Wednesday, saying he has a solid record leading the industry for a decade despite a recent refinery explosion that killed at least 42 people.  More »

Phillips 66 CEO offers an update, and a promise

Phillips 66 chairman and CEO Greg Garland assured investors Wednesday that the company is committed to keeping a good balance between refining and marketing, chemicals and midstream operations, as well as paying dividends for shareholders.  More »

Aruba refinery to turn into storage facility

Valero Energy Corp. announced Monday that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility, leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the downsizing operation.  More »

Analysts: Financial impacts after Venezuela blast

The deadly blast and fire at Venezuela’s biggest refinery are prompting critics to question whether the state oil company has been neglecting maintenance while helping fund government programs under President Hugo Chavez.  More »

Venezuela in ‘no hurry’ to restart oil refinery after fires

Venezuela is carrying out an “exhaustive” inspection of its biggest refinery before attempting to restart processing after extinguishing a four-day fire yesterday caused by an explosion that killed 48 people.  More »

Louisiana refinery without power after shutdown

A Phillips 66 refinery in Louisiana has lost power as Hurricane Isaac continues to pour heavy rain along the coast, the company confirmed Wednesday.  More »

Fire extinguished at Venezuela refinery

All fires have been extinguished at Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery after raging for more than three days following a deadly explosion, officials said Tuesday.  More »

Isaac threatens Gulf Coast oil refineries

Tropical Storm Isaac is heading toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, where much of the nation’s gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and heating oil is produced.  More »

Isaac’s advance roils oil, gasoline markets

As Isaac continues to churn its way toward the coast, it’s likely to be a volatile week in the energy markets.  More »

Survivors: strong gas odor before Venezuela blast

After nightfall on Friday, as red lights began glowing atop the massive Amuay refinery in western Venezuela, the odor of sulfur made its way through the surrounding neighborhood of working-class homes and small shops.  More »

Venezuela battles flames at largest refinery after deadly blast

Firefighters in Venezuela are battling flames at two storage tanks at the country’s largest refinery for a third day after a gas explosion Aug. 25 killed at least 39 people and injured dozens, shutting down the Amuay plant.  More »

Venezuela working to put out refinery fires after 39 killed

There was no structural damage to the processing units at the facility about 240 miles west of Caracas, and production will resume within two days after the fires are out, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said. Venezuela has 4 million barrels of inventories of gasoline and other petroleum products and continues to produce a total of 735,000 barrels of gasoline a day at plants including nearby Cardon.  More »

Refinery blast kills 39 in Venezuela, dozens hurt

A huge explosion rocked Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire on Saturday, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 80 others in one of the deadliest disasters ever to hit the country’s key oil industry.  More »
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