Refining

Downstream news: fuels, refining and chemicals

Iowa Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy  More »
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Ending oil export ban drawing more talk on Capitol Hill

The head of a Republican energy task force predicts the U.S. House of Representatives will advance legislation next year to relax a decades-old ban on exporting most U.S. crude.  More »
King Willem-Alexander, center, of the Netherlands greets DSM CEO and Chairman Feike Sijbesma, left, and POET Executive Chairman Jeff Broin during the opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »

Valero restarts ethanol plant

Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.  More »
NRG Energy's W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County will begin capturing some of its carbon emissions in 2016. (NRG Energy photo)

Guest commentary: Partnerships needed to tackle global energy challenges

The global energy industry must seek new avenues to meet growing demand.  More »
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Commentary: Hitting the gas…and the brakes

There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand.  More »
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Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »
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Tesoro names new executives

Refiner Tesoro Corp. is hiring two new executives, including a new chief financial officer and an executive vice president for strategy.  More »
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Venezuela says Citgo assets worth more than $10 billion

PDVSA is seeking to sell Citgo assets, the U.S. unit said in a July 29 bond prospectus document.  More »
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Tesoro reports slight drop in earnings

The company’s net income fell to $224 million, or $1.70 a share, compared with $227 million, or $1.64 a share, for the second quarter of 2013.  More »
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 earnings up on increased volumes

The crude oil that Valero made into fuels averaged 2.7 million barrels a day, an increase of 115,000 barrels a day compared with the second quarter of 2013.  More »
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Texas refiner sues Utah county over pipeline rules

Tesoro Corp. wants to build a 135-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City refineries.  More »
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