Category: Refining

New Motiva crude unit faces months-long repair

Weeks after a ceremony marking a $10 billion expansion, Motiva has shut down a major new unit of its Port Arthur refinery and authorities are investigating a chemical leak and small fires that have tarnished the project’s startup.  More »

Damage from caustic leak at new Motiva plant may cost millions to fix

A major component of the $10 billion Motiva refinery expansion project in Port Arthur will shut down for several months because of caustic corrosion, a Shell spokeswoman says.  More »

Refinery workers to return to job after Delta deal

Some of the workers who lost their jobs at a suburban Philadelphia refinery last year are going back to work after Delta Air Lines completed a deal to reopen the facility and make its own jet fuel.  More »

Delta gets approval for pipeline transfer

State regulators have approved a pipeline transfer that’s part of Delta Air Lines’ plan to buy a suburban Philadelphia oil refinery and produce its own jet fuel.  More »

Pa. refinery tax credit to get lawmakers’ scrutiny

Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed tax break of up to $1.7 billion to lure an integrated petrochemical industry to Pennsylvania will get scrutiny in the coming days by state lawmakers eager to ensure that taxpayers get a return on their money and question whether that amount of money is really necessary.  More »

ND’s railed oil capacity jumps 55 percent in June

North Dakota’ s capacity to export crude oil by rail has jumped about 55 percent in June.  More »

Gulf Coast refiners will stop light, sweet crude imports

Valero CEO Bill Klese said surging crude production will eliminate the need for light, sweet crude imports by the end of 2013.  More »

Celanese plans Texas methanol plant to tap cheap gas

Celanese Corp. (CE), the world’s largest maker of acetic acid, plans to produce methanol outside Houston to supply its plants with the material derived from low-cost natural gas.  More »

Motiva may shut a Port Arthur crude unit up to 5 months

Motiva is investigating a mechanical issue that caused a shutdown.  More »

BP workers find 2 dead monkeys in shipping crate

Workers opening a crate of valves at the BP Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana were surprised to find two dead monkeys inside.  More »

Proposed Shell tax break worth $67 million a year

Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing tax credits worth $67 million a year for Shell Oil Co.’s planned petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania.  More »

Chevron Phillips Chemical signs letter to study Iraq plant

Iraq and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., a joint venture of Chevron Corp. (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP), signed a letter of intent to evaluate the feasibility of developing a petrochemical plant in the country, officials said.  More »