Refining

Downstream news: fuels, refining and chemicals
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Feds: Pipe tear caused oil refinery blast

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.  More »
A visitor to a Toyota exhibition hall examines a 2010 Prius hybrid. (AP file photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.  More »
The new pollution, measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gases, may exceed all of the savings achieved through initiatives like subsidies for public transport and fuel efficiency. (Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.  More »
U.S. refineries are processing the most oil since January as plants come out of seasonal maintenance, squeezing crude stockpiles for the first time in 11 weeks. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Hedge funds buy crude as US gasoline pump prices jump

U.S. refineries are processing the most oil since January as plants come out of seasonal maintenance, squeezing crude stockpiles for the first time in 11 weeks.  More »
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Moody’s: New Chinese plants could hamper global refining earnings

Cheap natural gas and oil supplies will give Gulf Coast refiners an edge in global markets, but over the next two years new plants coming online in China and the Middle East are poised to dampen worldwide demand for refined products like gasoline, according to a report released Monday.  More »
Aerial view shows  the petrochemical refinery complex in Deer Park. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

Foreign companies are making big bets on the Gulf Coast petrochemical corridor, where capital investment is surging because of cheap U.S. natural gas, other lower costs and the existing industry infrastructure.  More »
Drivers fill up at an Exxon Mobil gasoline station. (Eric Thayer / 2008 Getty Images)

Exxon gasoline terminal reopens after bad batch

ExxonMobil has reopened the racks at its Baton Rouge gasoline terminal after it shut the facility down because of problems involving more than 5 million gallons of unleaded regular fuel.  More »
Brian Gibbons (left) and Michael Aselin, both of the University of Houston, install a crank to a vehicle the team planned to enter in the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston. ( Nick de la Torre / Chronicle )

Shell to air “Road to Houston” film in new journalistic effort (video)

“The Road to Houston” is Shell’s latest move in a effort to build its brand by expanding its global footprint in journalism.  More »
Tankers in the Houston Ship Channel. (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Energy industry leaders clash over oil exports

Pocketbook issues are emerging as a major factor in the debate over exporting U.S. crude.  More »
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

US slashes net energy imports as refiners ship fuels overseas

The United States cut its net energy imports in 2013 to their lowest level in more than two decades, measured by energy content, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
A woman slides her credit card to buy gasoline in San Francisco, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

US gasoline prices reach six-month high as ethanol climbs

U.S. consumers are paying the most in six months for gasoline because of declining supplies and rising costs for the ethanol added to the fuel. And prices probably will keep climbing.  More »
KiOR's facility in Columbus, Miss. (KiOR)

Kior dodges default with $25M financing agreement

Kior Inc., the owner of the first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in the U.S., surged the most in six months after billionaire backer Vinod Khosla agreed to provide as much as $25 million in financing, making good on a commitment from last month.  More »
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