Category: Refining

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 »

Shell CEO says natural gas fuels won’t compete with Port Arthur refinery anytime soon

Shell is working on ways to make liquid transportation fuel from natural gas, but on Thursday it was showing off the expanded Motiva oil refinery in Port Arthur, a joint venture with Saudi Aramco.  More »

Motiva celebrates completion of big refinery expansion in Port Arthur

Motiva, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell, celebrated a $10 billion expansion of its Port Arthur refinery that doubled its capacity and makes it the largest U.S. refinery.  More »

BP’s Wash. refinery back to work after Feb. fire

A BP refinery in Washington state that shut down after a February fire has resumed normal operations.  More »

Statoil says mongstad refinery unaffected by labor strike

Statoil ASA (STL) said its Mongstad oil refinery is unaffected by a government workers strike that broke out in Norway.  More »

BP agrees to $8 million fine in connection with refinery violations

BP Plc was sued by the U.S. over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Whiting, Indiana, refinery and failure to monitor and report the plant’s emission levels.  More »

Technip CEO says technology buy means new U.S. opportunities

Technip’s purchase of key process technology will give it a chance to pursue new opportunities in the U.S., its CEO says. It also will gain 500 employees in Houston.  More »

Cushing-to-Gulf Coast pipeline reversal completed

Owners of the Seaway project said the pipeline will begin carrying up to 150,000 barrels of crude per day to the Gulf Coast refining market this weekend.  More »