Refining

Downstream news: fuels, refining and chemicals
Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, front, addresses his employees and honored guests during the announcement of Dow's new ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the Brazosport College campus in Lake Jackson. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Dow Chemical, Olin in $5 billion cash-and-stock deal

Dow has been under pressure from the hedge fund Third Point LLC to split its specialty chemical and petrochemical businesses.  More »
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

Report: Chemical revenues slip but expansions expected to continue

North American chemical companies have seen their revenues slip with the plunging crude price, but they aren’t expected to abandon the billions worth of expansions they announced when profits were higher, a new report finds.  More »
LyondellBasell Bayport plant (Photo: LyondellBasell)

LyondellBasell to expand Pasadena plant

LyondellBasell’s chemical expansion announcement comes as the international chemical and refining company continues to square off with the United Steelworkers employees over premium pay issues.  More »
An aerial view of the Cameron LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. Sempra Energy is the majority owner of Cameron LNG. (Photo: Cameron LNG)

Sempra moves forward with Port Arthur LNG plans

Sempra Energy is pressing forward with plans to build a liquefied natural gas export plant in Port Arthur.  More »
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russian exports could be the next biggest threat to global crude oil prices

Russia may increase oil exports by as much as 250,000 barrels a day this year, according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.  More »
Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Shell workers in Deer Park end strike

United Steelworkers at Shell Deer Park and Shell Chemical join employees at four Gulf Coast refineries in Louisiana and Texas who have also ended strikes.  More »
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

Crude inventories offer enough supply for a month of refining runs

The U.S. has enough oil to feed 29 days of refinery demand, the highest level in decades, according to a new government report.  More »
At the Motiva Port Arthur refinery on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Striking Motiva workers approve contract

Employees could go back to work as soon as Monday, said Garrett Ozment, a union representative and machinist at the refinery, which is the nation’s largest.  More »
Striking United Steelworker Union members picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Deer Park.

( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Workers in refinery strike still off the job

Local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work.  More »
A striking United Steelworker Union member picketing outside the the Shell Deer Park Refinery Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, the fist day of the strike.
( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Union, Shell in longest stretch of contract talks yet

The dispute started with nine facilities but has since expanded to 15 refineries and chemical plants nationwide.  More »
(JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe refiners’ gasoline profit at 10-month high on exports

Gasoline’s crack, or premium to Brent crude, rose to $13.46 a barrel on Tuesday, the highest since April 29, according to PVM Oil Associates Ltd, one of the largest brokers for the fuel, before falling to $13.13 at 1:21pm London time.  More »
The Freeport LNG plant on April 9, 2014 at Quintana, TX.(Thomas B. Shea/for the Houston Chronicle)

Cheap Brent adds risk to planned LNG investments

As oil prices have fallen, so has the margin export projects hope to capture by selling cheaper U.S. gas onto the global markets.  More »
Dave Washington, left, Bobbie Thompson, and Kevin Hyde, United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

Fitch: Prolonged refinery strike could affect gasoline supplies

Though the ongoing United Steelworkers strike hasn’t had much impact on the market for refined products yet, it could if the strike continues for much longer, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.  More »
A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)

California State Senate holds hearing in Torrance on refinery explosion

Refinery owner Exxon Mobil officials, first-responders and representatives of government environmental agencies were scheduled to appear at the public hearing at Torrance City Hall.  More »
(Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle)

Steelworkers fire back over unfair labor practice charges

The National Right to Work Foundation is providing legal help to three employees of LyondellBasell who filed unfair labor practice charges against the union.  More »
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