Sapphire Energy's algae farm in Columbus, N.M.(Sapphire Energy)

Tesoro to buy ‘green’ crude oil

San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp. has agreed to purchase algae-derived “green” crude oil that will be made into diesel fuel at its West Coast refineries.
A Phillips 66 refinery. (Phillips 66)

Phillips 66 signs deals to use more U.S. shale crude

Kicking its strategy of using cheaper crude oil from U.S. shale plays into high gear, Phillips 66 has signed deals with three midstream companies to bring as much as 130,000 barrels a day of North American crude oil to its refineries.
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Drivers risk $13B gas-price hike as ethanol charge grows

Refiners are pushing the EPA to reduce the amount of ethanol they’re required to add to gasoline to avoid what they say will be a sharp spike in prices at the pump just as the summer driving season begins.
The Valero Refining Company, in Corpus Christi. (AP Photo/Paul Iverson)

Refiners hear the good and the bad on fossil fuels

Top refining and petrochemical officials heard reassuring words on Monday from Bob Lutz, retired former vice chairman of General Motors Corp., who said fossil fuels will be around a long time, despite the current push for clean energy.
Categories: Refining
Pipefitter Scott Zarembski, originally from Detroit, has prospered by working in the oil industry in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Canadian employers and officials have been recruiting U.S. workers to fill a skilled labor shortage. Jason Franson / Los Angeles Times/MCT

Oil industry labor shortage affecting safety, report says

Nearly one third of those surveyed cited the skills shortage as the biggest threat to the sector, while a lack of skilled trainers was identified as a major training issue by more than 20 percent of participants.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Tactics divide agencies in Chevron probe

A grand jury probe targeting Chevron in last year’s Richmond refinery fire has created a rift between the federal agency investigating the incident and environmental regulators seeking possible criminal charges against the oil giant
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Valero considering more heavy Canadian crude for refining

On Thursday, Valero President Joe Gorder said the company is considering shipping by rail 30,000 barrels a day of heavy sour Canadian crude to its 135,000-barrel-a-day Wilmington plant.
Categories: Canada, Refining
The Valero Three Rivers Refinery in Three Rivers, Texas between San Antonio and Corpus Christi refines a lot of oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. (San Antonio Express News/John Davenport)

Valero refinery revived on Eagle Ford crude

Valero Energy Corp.’s refinery in Three Rivers was headed for mothballs a few years ago. Now that it sits in the middle of the Eagle Ford Shale, it’s called a “crown jewel.”
Categories: Eagle Ford, Refining
The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva Port Arthur Refinery running at full capacity

The expanded Motiva Port Arthur Refinery has reached its full operating capacity of 600,000 barrels of crude processing nearly eight months after a new unit suffered internal damage, causing a major disruption in the $10 billion expansion project.
In 2007, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, nationalized oil assets in the Orrinco heavy crude belt. ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips quit the country and filed arbitration claims. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Chavez death unlikely to affect U.S. refiners in short-term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ death isn’t expected to have a short-term impact on Gulf Coast refiners, but if there is a policy shift under his successor increased production could be a welcome benefit, analysts say.