Category: Refining

Q&A: The world comes calling for U.S. experience

Recently elevated to vice president at the American Petroleum Institute, John Modine oversees the trade group’s global industry services department. The unit focuses on promoting standards and best practices worldwide.  More »

Refiners plot against oil exports

While refiners currently enjoy a discount on domestic crude — which is priced well below the international benchmark — that scenario could disappear with broad oil exports.  More »

Pipeline from Oklahoma to start shipping Jan. 22

The pipeline is the southern leg of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Buffett strikes deal to buy $1.4B Phillips 66 unit

Berkshire Hathaway made a deal on Monday for Phillips 66’s flow improver business, which manufactures a chemical agent that breaks up debris and moves oil and gas through pipelines.  More »

Doctors seek to block oil refinery expansion

A group of doctors concerned about air pollution is asking Utah regulators to put a hold on a major oil refinery expansion.  More »

BP completes refinery upgrade to use more Canadian crude

BP has turned on a key new unit to process more Canadian oil sands crude at the company’s largest refinery in Indiana, the British oil giant announced Wednesday.  More »

EPA says Chevron violated law at California refinery

The blaze sent thousands of people to hospitals seeking medical attention.  More »

Shell boosts gasoline sales, despite falling demand

Royal Dutch Shell says it has actually boosted its domestic gasoline sales over the last five years, despite plummeting demand for the fuel in the United States.  More »

Report: Little progress in refinery safety since deadly Texas City explosion

Federal investigators on Monday called for an overhaul of the way oil refineries are regulated in California and across the nation, saying the smoky fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last year exposed weaknesses in systems that do not force companies to demonstrate they are operating as safely as possible.  More »

Chevron ignored warnings before refinery fire, safety report says

The fire at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, California, last year that sickened thousands was caused by the company ignoring a decade’s worth of calls for inspections and upgrades of piping that eventually corroded and failed, a federal safety report said today.  More »

Ethanol use to hit record as corn prices slump, feds project

Corn prices have fallen 40 percent in 2013, a drop that inspired refineries to blend a record amount of ethanol into gasoline in August.  More »

Crude from Colorado rides train to new railport

A trainload of crude Colorado arrived last week at a new railport in Orange County.  More »