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  • Recent improvements in petroleum trade balance mitigate U.S. trade deficit

    07/21/2014 5:28:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 21, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Since the mid-1970s, the United States has run a deficit in merchandise trade, meaning that payments for imports exceeded receipts for exports. This large and growing deficit on the merchandise trade balance reached a maximum of $883 billion in the second quarter of 2008. As a result of the recession, dramatic declines of imports in excess of exports during the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 reduced the merchandise trade deficit by 49%, to $449 billion in the second quarter of 2009. This trend of declining imports resulted in the lowest quarterly deficit level since early...
  • Tesoro Refinery fire, Anacortes, Washington

    07/16/2014 6:39:38 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    WhiskeyX | 2014-07-16 | WhiskeyX
    At least two large fires that appear to be uncontrolled are visible at the Tesoro Refinery, Anacortes, Washington. No further information is available at this time. The Tesoro website does not say anything about the fires yet.
  • 2014 U.S. petroleum refinery update: capacity edges up, ownership shifts

    06/30/2014 5:11:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | June 30, 2914 | Energy Information Administration
    As of January 1, 2014, there were 139 operating refineries and 3 idle refineries with total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity (ACDU) of 17.9 million barrels per calendar day (bbl/cd), a 101,000-bbl/cd increase in capacity from January 1, 2013. In 2013, four refineries changed ownership, continuing the trend of a handful of sales each year. This information is detailed in EIA's recently released Refinery Capacity Report, which surveys U.S. refinery ownership and capacity annually at the start of each year. Valero Energy Corporation remains the largest U.S. refiner, with total ACDU capacity of more than 1.9 million bbl/cd. Exxon Mobil...
  • Iraqi air strikes kill 38 in Baiji

    06/25/2014 10:34:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Gulf Daily News ^ | June 25, 2014 | Gulf Daily News
    Air strikes killed at least 38 people yesterday as security forces held off attacks on a strategic town and an oil refinery, officials and witnesses said. In the town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, air strikes killed at least 19 people and wounded at least 17 in the morning, while further raids in the evening killed six more. Officials said the dead and wounded were civilians, and it was unclear if there were any casualties among the militants, who were the target of the strikes. State television said 19 "terrorists" were killed in the earlier Baiji raids. In the Husseibah...
  • Praviy sector continues his struggle against the terrorists' sponsors

    06/25/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 3 replies
    Praviy Sector official site ^ | 06/25/2014 | Praviy Sector
    This morning the special unit "Sich" of Praviy Sector has seized control over Dolin's oil refinery in Kirovograd province. The action was carried out as a part of a Praviy Sector's programme which is targeted at sponsors of the separatist movement in Donbass. The plant belongs to organisations affiliated with a "Partia Regionov" party MP Rooslun Tsyplakov, who is close with the Yanukovich's family and has fled to Moscow while his brother Sergei is a leader of the terrorist organisation "Donetsk People's Republic". The takeover was decided after Praviy Sector had been informed by the refinery's employees that the company...
  • BBC News Struggle for Iraq:Kurdish snipers in fierce gun battle w/Isis fighters [Disturbing images]

    06/24/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Global BBC News Youtube ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | BBC
    There has been more fierce fighting in Iraq as Isis forces battle to control areas in the north and east of the country. The fate of the country's biggest oil refinery remains unclear, as fighting continues between Sunni jihadists led by Isis, and Iraqi government and Kurdish forces. The BBC's Fergal Keane went to Jalula in northern Iraq, and obtained exclusive footage of Isis suspects surrendering to Kurdish forces. Link
  • Iraq Crisis: Key Oil Refinery 'Seized by Rebels'

    06/23/2014 9:07:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad.The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times. The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol rationing. Insurgents, led by the group Isis, have overrun a swathe of territory north and west of Baghdad including Iraq's second-biggest city, Mosul. They are bearing down on a vital dam near Haditha and have captured all border crossings to Syria and Jordan. A rebel spokesman said the...
  • Hundreds of Troops Remain Surrounded in Iraq's Key Refinery, Says US Official

    06/22/2014 10:24:24 AM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/21/2014 | Martha Raddatz
    Hundreds of Iraqi troops battling for control of the vital Baiji oil refinery are outnumbered, surrounded and remain trapped inside the facility, a U.S. official told ABC News. The battle for the refinery was in its fifth day today, although fighters for the radical Islamic militia ISIS have apparently taken control of much of the facility and are willing to keep the government forces isolated until they run out of food and ammunition, sources said. [....] Both sides have claimed to be in control of the facility, but witnesses have reported that ISIS has hung its black banners from the...
  • Hundreds of Troops Remain Surrounded in Iraq's Key Refinery

    06/21/2014 5:45:35 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    abc news ^ | 6-21-2014 | MARTHA RADDATZ
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqi troops battling for control of the vital Baiji oil refinery are outnumbered, surrounded and remain trapped inside the facility, a U.S. official told ABC News. The battle for the refinery was in its fifth day today, although fighters for the radical Islamic militia ISIS have apparently taken control of much of the facility and are willing to keep the government forces isolated until they run out of food and ammunition, sources said. "There is very little the Iraqi government can do to save or liberate those guys," a U.S. official told ABC News. There...
  • SKY NEWS: Iraq Forces 'Retake' Oil Refinery From ISIS

    06/19/2014 1:24:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06/19/2014
    Iraqi forces have regained full control of the country's biggest oil refinery after heavy fighting with Sunni militants attempting to seize it, the authorities claim. A refinery employee and witnesses said the insurgents led by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had withdrawn from the sprawling Baiji complex after losing 100 fighters as troops and helicopter gunships repelled repeated attacks, according to the Iraqi military. The retaking of the plant, north of Baghdad, comes amid calls for the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al Maliki to quit as a condition of US help in driving back insurgents...
  • Crude oil edges toward $107 after Iraq refinery attacked

    06/18/2014 7:16:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 18,2014 | William L. Watts, Barbara Kollmeyer
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery, underlining worries about potential threats to export facilities in the south.
  • Oil Nears $107 as Iraq Refinery Attacked

    06/18/2014 7:01:22 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    News Max ^ | June 18 2014 | News Max
    The price of oil neared $107 as traders looked ahead to the outcome of a Fed meeting later Wednesday and as violence persisted in energy producer Iraq, where Islamic militants attacked the country's largest refinery. Benchmark U.S. crude for July delivery rose 38 cents to $106.73 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midafternoon in Asia. Brent crude, a benchmark used to price international oils, added 13 cents to $113.58 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Markets are awaiting the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, when it will release its latest forecasts...
  • Iraq's biggest oil refinery shut down, foreign staff evacuated

    06/17/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/17/2014 | Oliver Holmes
    Iraq's biggest oil refinery, Baiji, has been shut down and its foreign staff evacuated, refinery officials said on Tuesday, adding that local staff remain in place and the military is still in control of the facility “Due to the recent attacks of militants by mortars, the refinery administration decided to evacuate foreign workers for their safety and also to completely shut down production units to avoid extensive damage that could result," a chief engineer at the refinery said on condition of anonymity.
  • Al Qaeda Insurgents Surround Iraq's Largest Refinery

    06/12/2014 10:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/12/2014 | Tyler Durden
    While there had been sporadic reports over the past few days that Al Qaeda's ISIS spinoff had surrounded or even taken control of Iraq's largest refinery in Baiji, the government was quick to deny such rumors. As was reported earlier, the Baiji refinery remained under government control on Thursday after Sunni rebels' offensive through northern Iraq, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said. Luaibi said Iraq was not importing any additional fuel and that stored supplies of gasoline and diesel were good. Militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, who seized Iraq's second biggest city of Mosul this week,...
  • Insurgents surround Iraq's largest refinery in Baiji

    06/12/2014 9:56:47 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/12/2014 | Ghazwan Hassan
    Insurgents surrounded Iraq's largest refinery in the northern town of Baiji on Thursday, police and an engineer inside said. Sunni militants first moved into Baiji late on Tuesday, closing in on the refinery, but later withdrew to the surrounding villages after reaching a deal with local tribal chiefs. A witness who lives in a house near the refinery said the militants arrived in more than 50 vehicles.
  • Al Qaeda Splinter Group ISIS Marches Towards Iraq's Biggest Oil Refinery

    06/11/2014 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jun 11, 2014 | Jordan Schachte
    Sunni Islamist militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have rapidly expanded their control of Iraq as a whole. The group is now said to be within range of overtaking Iraq’s biggest oil refinery in the city of Baiji. ... ISIS is an Al Qaeda-offshoot that seeks to create a Sharia law compliant Sunni Islamic caliphate that runs through both Iraq and Syria.
  • $10 billion oil sands crude refinery planned for Canada's Pacific coast

    06/10/2014 1:26:10 PM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 10, 2014 | NIA WILLIAMS
    A Vancouver-based company said on Tuesday it was planning to build a C$10 billion oil refinery on the north-west coast of British Columbia that could eventually process up to 1 million barrels per day of oil sands bitumen. Pacific Energy Future Corp, which was set up in January, is looking at three potential building sites in Prince Rupert, BC. The project is the second new refinery proposed for Canada's west coast to process the large quantities of crude oil coming out of Alberta's oil sands and export the refined products. Pacific Energy Future Corp Executive Chairman Samer Salameh said the...
  • EPA toughening oil refinery regulations

    05/15/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 15 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to beef up air quality regulations for oil refineries, an action officials said would cut toxic emissions by 5,600 tons per year. The agency maintained the updated standards would protect public health with negligible impacts on the cost of petroleum — a contention immediately disputed by the oil and gas industry. Under the proposed changes, companies would for the first time be required to monitor concentrations of benzene, a chemical compound linked to an array of health problems, surrounding the refineries. Results of the monitoring would be made available to the public. The new...
  • EPA Proposes Changes to Refinery Emission Rules

    05/15/2014 9:45:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 15, 2014
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changes to oil refinery rules that would compel operators to monitor benzene emissions, upgrade storage tank emission controls, ensure waste gases are properly destroyed and adopt new emission standards for delayed coking units. The move is part of a consent decree that resolved a lawsuit filed by nonprofit environmental attorneys with Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project.
  • Domestic crude makes up half of U.S. East Coast refinery receipts in January 2014

    05/08/2014 5:28:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | April 30, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Domestic crude makes up half of U.S. East Coast refinery receipts in January 2014 Receipts of domestic crude oil at East Coast (PADD 1) refineries in January were approximately equal to receipts of foreign crude oil (Figure 1), reflecting a very significant change from recent experience. In January 2013, domestic crude oil was only 18% of total PADD 1 crude receipts, and in January 2012 domestic crude accounted for just 5% of PADD 1 receipts. Rising U.S. crude oil production in the Bakken formation in North Dakota combined with the expansion of crude-by-rail infrastructure, which has facilitated movement of Bakken...
  • Phillips 66 expands area facilities with gaze focused abroad

    03/23/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 23, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    The Phillips 66 refinery can seem a maze of tanks, pipes and valves for the uninitiated, even with descriptively named paths like “Diesel Drive” and “Coker Road” showing the way. Originally built by the U.S. government to process fuel for Allied aircraft during World War II, the plant now is the largest refinery by capacity in the portfolio of Phillips 66, Houston’s biggest Fortune 500 company. As Phillips 66 officials led a media tour tour this week, crews were preparing the site for the latest addition — a fractionator to separate natural gas liquids into components including ethane, propane and...
  • Breaking: Largest European Refinery Catches on Fire – Happens to Be in Russia

    03/04/2014 7:32:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/4/14 | Jim Hoft
    The largest European refinery caught on fire today. The refinery happens to be in Russia. It will take months to get production back up. Jalopnik reported: Amazingly, no one was injured when Europe’s largest oil refinery, like, totally burned with the force of a thousand suns yesterday. And obviously it’s in Russia.P The refinery is OJSC TANECO, formerly known as the Nizhnekamsk refinery, in Tartarstan. If you get into your Lada and drive due East from Moscow, you’ll get there in about 14 hours.P Reuters reports that the fire was put out the same evening it started and there were...
  • EPA finalizes Tier 3 motor fuel, other requirements

    03/03/2014 11:56:29 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 03/03/2014 | Nick Snow
    The US Environmental Protection Agency issued final Tier 3 emissions control requirements for motor fuels and vehicles to meet by Jan. 1, 2017. The regulations address one major concern from refiners by keeping sulfur limits per gallon at existing levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “Frankly, what [the American Petroleum Institute] and others were relying on was an outdated estimate based on what they thought we’d propose, not what we actually proposed let alone what we actually put in the regulation following public hearings and extensive public comments,” McCarthy said during a Mar. 4 teleconference. “The per gallon sulfur cap...
  • US net imports down, exports soar; just another day at the office

    03/02/2014 3:08:32 PM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Platts ^ | March 1, 2014 | John Kingston
    A few eye-popping numbers were in the EIA monthly report on US oil use in December. It shows the shale gale in full bloom. US total net imports were 5.057 million b/d. That’s down about 1 million b/d from a year ago. It’s down about 3.4 million b/d from three years ago. It’s down more than 8 million b/d from the all-time high of 13.354 million b/d in October 2005. It’s easily the lowest in the post-shale era. Take away the Canadian net import figure of 2.602 million b/d, and you’re dealing with what might be called “at-risk” net import...
  • Tesoro bars federal safety agency from East Bay refinery

    02/21/2014 7:04:13 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    In an unprecedented challenge, Tesoro Corp. has barred federal authorities from going inside its refinery near Martinez to investigate an incident in which two workers were burned by acid spewing from a broken pipe, The San Francisco Chronicle has learned. State officials ordered a partial shutdown of the Golden Eagle Refinery following the Feb. 12 incident after inspectors with California’s workplace safety agency found numerous suspected safety violations, state officials said. The investigators with Cal/OSHA went to the plant at 150 Solano Way in the unincorporated community of Pacheco when a pipe containing sulfuric acid burst, spraying the two workers...
  • Oil industry seeks break on gasoline sulfur limits

    02/14/2014 5:22:30 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Oil industry lobbyists are making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to soften looming new limits for sulfur in gasoline, warning that without changes, the mandates could send fuel costs up and force some refineries offline. But the Environmental Protection Agency has shown little appetite to lift the strict 10-parts-per-million cap it proposed last year, one-third the current sulfur threshold and 97 percent less than an earlier limit phased out in 2004. So when lobbyists from oil companies, refiners and industry trade groups meet with administration officials in coming days, they will focus their arguments on why they should...
  • Severe winter weather threatens East Coast energy infrastructure

    02/13/2014 11:57:49 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | 2/13/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The National Weather Service predicts that the major winter storm that dropped significant snowfall and ice on the Southeast yesterday will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard today. The accumulation of ice can damage the electric distribution system and make road conditions unsafe, which could hamper power restoration efforts. As of 3:30 p.m. yesterday more than 450,000 customers were without power from Florida to Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Assurance Daily. States of emergency have been declared in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides...
  • 'Megaloads' hit the highways in Alberta, Sturgeon refinery’s pressure vessels...

    02/07/2014 10:15:11 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2014 | DAVE COOPER
    After years in storage in Duluth, Minn., the heart of the new Sturgeon Refinery is finally on the road. A dozen megaloads, which represent the disassembled vessel components weighing up to 510 tonnes each, are being hauled this week from a CN Rail siding north of Redwater down secondary roads to the refinery construction site northeast of Fort Saskatchewan. The loads, up to eight metres wide and almost 80 metres long including the single pulling tractor and two pushers, are travelling on “Scheuerle” trailers — basically steerable platforms with 24 sets of axles to spread the load. Transferring those loads...
  • Lawmakers stress urgency as feds finish new sulfur rules for gasoline

    02/03/2014 1:46:57 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    As the Obama administration prepares to mandate new limits on sulfur pollution from gasoline, congressional Democrats made a last-minute appeal for quick action. The Environmental Protection Agency has said it plans to finalize the new requirements by the end of this month. That would give refiners less than three years to comply if the agency holds firm to its proposed Jan. 1, 2017 deadline. Forcing refiners to slash sulfur emissions from gasoline to an average of 10 parts per million — down from the current 30 ppm threshold — would be akin to taking 33 million cars off the road,...
  • Eagle Ford crude prompts upgrades at Valero’s Texas refineries

    02/03/2014 12:16:30 PM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 02/03/2014 | Robert Brelsford
    Valero Energy Corp., the largest US independent refiner-marketer, plans to invest $730 million in upgrading two of its Texas refineries to process increased volumes of light crude sourced from the Eagle Ford shale. The company will spend $390 million at its 160,000-b/d Houston refinery and $340 million at its 325,000-b/d Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery to add crude topping units designed to boost crude oil processing capacities at each of the plants, Valero spokesman Bill Day told OGJ. While the addition of these units will not add to the refineries’ overall output capacities, they will allow the plants to reduce their...
  • Ownership of U.S. petroleum refineries has changed significantly since 2000

    01/30/2014 5:18:22 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 29, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. refining capacity increased since 2000 as capacity additions outpaced the loss of capacity from three major refinery closures. Yet the number of refineries and companies both declined over the same period, as the concentration of refining capacity among the top five companies increased from 38% in 2000 to 44% in 2013. Ownership of U.S. refinery capacity changed substantially in recent years, notwithstanding relatively slow changes in refinery capacity and the number of companies involved in the refining sector. An examination of company-level information and transactional data since 2000 shows both consolidation and dispersion. Almost 40% of large refiners (i.e.,...
  • Refiners rush to ship gasoil, diesel to freezing U.S.

    01/19/2014 7:56:16 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | Ron Bousso
    LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Refiners in Asia, Europe and Russia are shipping around half a million tonnes of heating oil and diesel to the United States this month after bitterly cold weather sharply reduced oil stocks there. At least a dozen tankers have been booked so far in January to ship gasoil and diesel to the U.S. East Coast, according to traders and shipping data. The majority of the tankers, or around 300,000 tonnes of oil product, originated from the Baltic Sea and Black Sea.
  • {Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.} Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

    01/17/2014 8:51:38 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is focused on paring greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants, and at least one senator wants refiners to be in the crosshairs too. During a Thursday hearing on President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to begin zeroing in on carbon dioxide emissions from refiners, industrial ovens and commercial boilers. The EPA has been obligated to tackle carbon pollution from power plants and refineries since a December 2010 settlement with conservationists. Obama directed his EPA to focus on new and existing power plants first, however,...
  • Warren Buffett’s firm acquiring Phillips 66 unit

    12/30/2013 9:07:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 6:12 PM EST
    Warren Buffett’s company has agreed to trade roughly $1.4 billion of its stock in Phillips 66 for one of the refiner's chemical businesses. Houston-based Phillips 66 said Monday that Berkshire Hathaway will give up about 19 million of its 27.2 million Phillips 66 shares to acquire a business that makes additives that help crude oil flow through pipelines. …
  • BP completes refinery upgrade to use more Canadian crude

    12/18/2013 9:35:07 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 18, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    BP has turned on a key new unit to process more Canadian oil sands crude at its Whiting refinery in Indiana, the British oil giant announced Wednesday. The company has spent billions of dollars in recent years upgrading the facility, its largest. The last major milestone was the startup of the refinery’s new, 102,000 barrel-per-day coker, which began operating in November, the company said. A coker is a processing unit that makes oils and other products used in chemicals or transportation fuels. “The safe startup of this world-scale coker is the last major step in unlocking the full potential of...
  • Indonesia planning new refinery to reduce fuel imports

    10/31/2013 8:47:58 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/2013 | Reuters
    Oct 31 (Reuters) - Indonesia is looking to build a new 300,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) state-owned refinery to reduce its dependence on imported fuels, a government official said on Thursday. Indonesia now has about 1 million bpd of refining capacity that meets about two-thirds of its demand, meaning it has to import more than 500,000 bpd of fuel products to fill the gap. The country is conducting a feasibility study it hopes to complete by next year on the new refinery, said Yusef Kartiwa Caryana, deputy director of the oil and gas storage and business development division at Indonesia's energy and mineral...
  • EIA's new map layers provide more detailed information on petroleum infrastructure

    10/31/2013 6:53:47 AM PDT · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    In recent years, midstream U.S. crude oil infrastructure has adapted to increased onshore oil production, leading to some changes in crude oil and petroleum product movement around the country. To help users understand and keep up with changes in petroleum infrastructure, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has added new petroleum layers to the maps on its State Energy Profiles and Energy Disruption pages. EIA's State Energy Profiles and Energy Disruption pages have always included map layers for petroleum refineries, petroleum-fired power plants, and government stockpiles of crude oil (the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and heating oil (the Northeast Home Heating Oil...
  • Vietnam starts work on $9 bln refinery

    10/29/2013 10:44:17 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Thanh Nien News ^ | 10/24/2013 | Anh Vu
    Construction on Vietnam’s second refinery started Wednesday as the country plans to increase its petroleum output to meet growing energy demand. The Nghi Son refinery, which will cost a total of around US$9 billion to build, will have a refining capacity of 200,000 barrels per day, or 10 million tons per year, once it comes online in 2017. As a team, the new plant and the existing Dung Quat refinery are expected to satisfy 65 percent of the nation’s oil and gas needs by 2020. Dung Quat, Vietnam’s first refinery, opened in the central province of Quang Ngai in 2009....
  • China to open energy sector

    10/29/2013 11:36:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 10/30/2013 | Lu Hui
    BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Monopolies in China's energy sector are coming to end, with more private capital to be allowed to exploit oil and gas resources. Reforms will no longer stress state-ownership, but will focus on competence and willingness to carry out national industrial policy, said Wang Zhen, deputy director of the institute of energy strategy at the China University of Petroleum. Reform will prioritize the needs of the whole oil refining industry, Wang told Wednesday's China Securities Journal. Zhong Jian, analyst with market information supplier CBI China, expects increased imports of refined oil products, allowing more private investors...
  • Ashtabula will receive Texas-size shale boost

    10/07/2013 8:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Crain's Cleveland Business ^ | October 6, 2013 | Dan Shingler
    Ashtabula is about to benefit from the Utica shale boom, as a Texas energy company and a technology firm from Columbus plan to build a gas-to-liquids processing plant in the city. Houston-based Pinto Energy said it will spend about $300 million to build the plant, which is expected to be completed and online in early 2016. The plant would take processed natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays and convert it into diesel fuel, high-end lubricants and industrial waxes used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other products. Once finished, the plant will employ about 30 people, but Pinto said...
  • Gasoline pollution mandates delayed

    09/30/2013 1:10:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 27, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is at least briefly delaying a plan to require refiners to pare more sulfur from gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency had said it was on track to finalize the proposed sulfur emissions standards by the end of the year, after unveiling a draft in March. But the timeline for a final rule now has slipped to February. The agency attributed the delay to a flood of public comments. “EPA received more than 200,000 public comments on the May proposal,” the agency said. “Due to the extensive input we received and the need for thorough analysis of available...
  • Houston company to build new refinery amid oil production boom

    09/25/2013 12:27:42 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Houston-based Rock River Resources will build a small refinery and facility for shipping crude by rail in Utah, providing new transportation and local refining for the growing oil production in the state, the company announced Tuesday. The $320 million project will be built in three stages, with the rail facilities coming on line first, followed by a microrefinery in Green River, Utah. The microrefinery will have a capacity of 10,000 barrels a day and will process local crudes and condensates into fuel oil, diesel and jet fuel. “The location where we are in Utah, there are not rail lines for...
  • Venezuela says sabotage caused deadly refinery blast

    09/10/2013 5:17:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 9, 2013 | Associated Press
    ...Ramirez says bolts on a pump were intentionally loosened, though he did not identify the alleged saboteurs during a news conference on Monday. He said he does not believe employees from the state-run oil company that operates the refinery were responsible. He said the blast caused $1.1 billion in damages. Forty-two people died as a result of the explosion, according to authorities. Five others were reported missing.
  • Exclusive: After setbacks, Motiva refinery faces lengthy 2014 work

    08/22/2013 10:50:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    4-traders.com ^ | 08/21/2013 | Erwin Seba
    The biggest U.S. oil refinery could shut its main crude distillation unit for up to three months next year to replace a vibrating pipe, sources familiar with operations said, in what would be another blow to the troubled $10 billion plant. The 600,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, has sustained a series of setbacks since Motiva Enterprise opened it last year. The setbacks include two fires last week that shut three parts of the plant. The Fall of 2014 is likely the earliest the work could be done on the 16-inch pipe, which moves crude in the refinery's...
  • Several ‘incidents’ reduce capacity at Motiva Port Arthur refinery

    08/21/2013 12:07:19 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 08/20/2013 | Steven Poruban
    Two separate “incidents” that resulted in small fires at two separate, unspecified units at Motiva Enterprices LLC’s Port Arthur, Tex., refinery complex will result in the 600,000-b/d nameplate facility being run at a reduced capacity for an indefinite period of time, a spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed for OGJ. Motiva is a refining and marketing joint venture owned by affiliates of Shell and Saudi Aramco. The spokeswoman told OGJ that there were two separate incidents, one on Aug. 12 and another on Aug. 17. Both incidents are under investigation to determine the cause. One unit remains shut down...
  • US becoming 'refiner to the world' as diesel demand grows

    08/07/2013 10:06:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Patti Domm
    U.S. refineries are expanding their diesel-production capacity, not so much for truckers in the U.S., but for drivers in places like Mexico City and Santiago, Chile. Already running at their highest levels in six years, U.S. refineries are finding strong demand for diesel fuel, used widely in cars outside of the United States, and other distillates, like jet fuel. "All these companies are expanding their export terminals— Valero, Shell, Marathon Petroleum, all of them," said Fadel Gheit, senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer. "Any companies with refining assets on the Gulf Coast are expanding their export terminals…The profitability is not that...
  • Refinery receipts of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge continue to increase

    07/17/2013 5:27:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 17, 201 | Energy Information Administration
    The use of rail, truck, and barge to deliver crude oil to refineries has increased, in part due to increases in U.S. crude oil production. The increases, which vary by region, can be seen in EIA's recently released Refinery Capacity Report. The Gulf Coast (PADD 3) region accounts for most U.S. refinery receipts by rail, truck, and barge. PADD 3, where rail, truck, and barge receipts nearly doubled in 2012, is increasingly dependent on rail and truck to move crude production out of the Eagle Ford and Permian basins to refineries in the area until pipelines are built. In the...
  • Capacity at existing U.S. refineries increases in 2013

    07/16/2013 5:33:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 16, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that as of January 1, 2013, the United States had 143 operable refineries with a total atmospheric crude oil distillation capacity of 17.8 million barrels per calendar day (bbl/d), an increase of 0.5 million bbl/d (2.9%) since January 1, 2012. The increase in capacity as of January 1, 2013, versus the prior year is mostly due to Motiva Enterprises' expansion of its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery and the restart of the Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery formerly owned by Phillips 66 and now owned by Monroe Energy, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines. Motiva's Port Arthur...
  • Valero to build $700M Gulf Coast petrochemical plant

    07/11/2013 1:06:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 11, 2013 | Vicki Vaughan
    Valero Energy Corp. plans to become a major player in the production of petrochemicals by building a $700 million methanol plant at its St. Charles refinery near New Orleans, a spokesman said Thursday. Valero will take advantage of low-cost natural gas from shale formations such as the Eagle Ford to produce methanol, used to make a range of products such as plastics, textiles, solvents and paint. Natural gas is used in the production of methanol. The time is ripe for expansion into petrochemicals because the market for them is growing faster than the fuels market, Valero spokesman Bill Day said....
  • U.S. Refinery Capacity: Restarts and expansions increased capacity in 2012, ...

    06/27/2013 4:15:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | June 26, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Full Title: U.S. Refinery Capacity: Restarts and expansions increased capacity in 2012, with continuing changes in the first half of 2013 This week in Petroleum It may not rival the seasonal excitement many students have about the last day of the school year, but petroleum analysts eagerly anticipate each year's release of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Refinery Capacity Report, detailing information about every refinery in the United States. U.S. refining capacity fluctuates, expanding or contracting as market conditions vary, reflecting shifts in consumption patterns and changes in product specifications. Corporate ownership of refineries changes as well, and some...