Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $11,333
Woo hoo!! And the first 12% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: refinery

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Exxon Mobil to sell troubled Torrance refinery to New Jersey buyer for $537.5 million

    10/01/2015 5:25:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it will sell its refinery in Torrance, California to PBF Energy, a New Jersey-based refining company, following an explosion at the facility in February. PBF said it will buy the refinery, a nearby lubricants distribution center and associated terminals and pipelines for a total of $537.5 million. Exxon Mobil said in its announcement that it expected the company, which has long admitted having an eye on moving into California, to take control of the refinery by mid-2016. PBF said it will finance the deal with a combination of cash, debt and equity. Exxon Mobil also...
  • Deadlock in battle for Iraq refinery casts doubts on Mosul campaign

    09/24/2015 11:24:38 AM PDT · by keat · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:37pm EDT | Stephen Kalin and Phil Stewart
    The Iraqi army's failure to recapture the country's largest oil refinery from Islamic State after 15 months of fighting is calling into question the government's plans to retake the northern city of Mosul from the jihadists. Iraq's military has been trying to build momentum at the Baiji refinery and in Anbar province in the west before attempting to seize Mosul, the biggest prize in the war against the ultra-hardine Sunni group. Officials say the army should secure gains in those areas before setting its sights on Mosul, the largest city in the north. Advances in Anbar's vast desert terrain since...
  • This summer’s high gas demand could lead to a heavier maintenance season for refineries

    09/08/2015 5:10:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | eptember 5, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    A heavier-than-usual season of refinery maintenance will begin after a busy summer driving season ends this Labor Day weekend. The summer saw high gasoline demand and falling prices at the pump, but the coming months could see up to 1.3 million fewer barrels of crude oil a day processed into gasoline as some refineries are temporarily shut down, said analyst Brad Heffern of RBC Capital Markets. “Gasoline demand has been phenomenal and better than I ever thought,” Heffern said. Many refineries ran at higher capacities and for longer periods of time than usual partly because of demand, but also because...
  • Engineering firm director: Industry is “living in the past”

    09/02/2015 8:24:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 41 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 2, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    Engineering and construction companies must finally embrace technology in order to meet the demand of petrochemical and manufacturing projects along the Gulf Coast, industry experts said. There are $147 billion in petrochemical and manufacturing projects underway or planned in the U.S. through 2023, according to the American Chemistry Council, and most of the companies that will construct the projects are still failing to utilize technological advances that could speed things up, said John Fish, director of project support services for Louisiana-based Ford, Bacon & Davis engineering and construction firm. “Our industry — I hate to say it — we’re living...
  • Ramp up delayed for Exxon Mobil’s Torrance refinery

    09/02/2015 4:43:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 1, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    The potential ramp up of Exxon Mobil’s massive refinery in Torrance, California will be delayed after a state regulatory hearing on the matter was pushed back indefinitely. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it delayed the hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning to further study the matter and ensure the health of residents living near the Torrance refinery is protected when the refinery increases production. No new date has been set. Partly because of the pinch on refining, California is coping with the highest gasoline prices in the nation at an average of $3.35 a gallon on Sunday, compared...
  • Fire erupts at Delaware City oil refinery (Video at link)

    08/21/2015 1:36:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    DELAWARE CITY, Del. (WPVI) -- A fire ripped through part of a refinery in Delaware City on Friday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Friday at PBF Energy's Delaware City Refinery in the 4500 block of Wrangle Hill Road. Black smoke could be seen from several miles away. The view from Chopper 6 showed flames shooting out of a building with firefighters pouring water on the blaze. Refinery officials say all workers have been accounted for. No injuries have been reported. The fire was placed under control at 3:17 p.m. The fire was reported to be inside...
  • BP Whiting refinery unit may restart soon, avoiding long outage

    08/21/2015 6:22:28 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 3 replies
    BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana, refinery, whose partial closure nearly two weeks ago has roiled global oil markets, may restart a key crude oil unit weeks earlier than expected, according to sources and a published report. The plant may restart the 240,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Pipestill 12, the largest crude oil unit at Whiting, as soon as this weekend after it was able to make temporary repairs, industry publication Energy News Today reported. The unit shut on Aug. 8 after a leak in a heat exchanger, and early reports suggested it could remain offline for one or two months.
  • Lightning Strikes Valero Texas City Refinery, Fire Erupts

    08/20/2015 10:00:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 8/20/2015 | Jeff Reed
    Lightning struck an electrical transformer at the Valero refinery in Texas City Thursday morning, causing a fire. Officials with Texas City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) told Houston's ABC affiliate Channel 13 that the lightning strike occurred just before 6:20 am CST this morning. Firefighters on the scene told local media that there is currently oil burning inside of a container at the facility. Derek Duckett, Texas City Emergency Management Coordinator, told the Houston Chronicle that firefighters can't douse the fire with water due to the potential danger from electrical shock. They are now containing the fire to the transformer...
  • Iran's Refining Sector Is A Wreck, & IOCs Are Preparing To Come To The Rescue.

    08/18/2015 10:55:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 8/17/2015 | Jeff Reed
    We've reported frequently on the global upstream industry's "race to Iran" ahead of the lifting of western sanctions expected late this year or early 2016. But there's also a "downstream race" underway, with several IOCS attempting to bag lucrative contracts to repair and modernize the country's oil refineries once sanctions are eased. Uptick In Downstream Discussions Representatives of Iran's National Petrochemical Company, its state-run oil refining firm NIORDC, and the privately-owned Persian Oil and Gas are engaging in discussions with several global companies to secure projects to repair a petrochemical and refining sector that has been ailing since the imposition...
  • Drivers Outraged as Gas Prices Soar While Oil Prices Plummet

    08/14/2015 9:28:43 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies ^ | 8-14-2015 | Brad Tuttle
    Prices at some gas stations spiked 50¢ overnight. Earlier this week, analysts proclaimed that $2 gas would be common once again around the U.S. Global oil prices are cratering, nearing $40 per barrel, and shrinking wholesale rates can only result in lower prices at the pump. Or so one would think. Despite plunging oil prices, drivers throughout the Midwest have been subjected to dramatic price spikes at gas stations this week. In Cincinnati, for instance, the price for a gallon of regular increased more than 40¢ overnight at some stations. Less than two weeks after analysts predicted average prices in...
  • U.S. refineries run at record high throughputs {This Week in Petroleum}

    08/05/2015 12:53:52 PM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | August 5, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Gross inputs to U.S. refineries exceeded 17 million barrels per day (b/d) in each of the past four weeks, a level that had not previously been reached or exceeded in any given week since EIA began publishing the data in 1990. The rolling four-week average of U.S. gross refinery inputs has been above the five-year range every week so far this year (Figure 1). The record high gross inputs reflect both higher refinery capacity and higher utilization rates. Lower crude oil prices and strong demand for petroleum products, primarily gasoline, both in the United States and globally have led to...
  • California gasoline prices rise further as lengthier supply chain is strained

    07/16/2015 5:42:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | July 15, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    West Coast spot prices for conventional gasoline increased sharply last week, while falling slightly on the Gulf Coast and remaining flat on the East Coast. The Los Angeles, California, spot price for conventional gasoline increased nearly 90 cents per gallon (cents/gal) between July 6 and July 13, while San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon prices increased 24 cents/gal and 5 cents/gal, respectively (Figure 1). This most recent price rise results from a delay in receipts of waterborne imports of gasoline blending components and a decrease in total motor gasoline inventories within an already constrained supply chain. West Coast spot gasoline...
  • Deluge of refinery expansions run risk of cost overruns, delays, report finds

    07/10/2015 6:02:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Refineries are expanding for the first time in years to soak up a wave of cheap crude unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, but their lack of in-house construction experience puts the projects at greater risk for cost overruns and delays, a new report finds. More than 30 refining expansions worth $14 billion total are under development across the United States as the industry hustles to take advantage of the oil glut, according to a new analysis by Petrochemical Update, which analyzes construction trends for the industry. Texas alone has three refining projects under construction, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partner’s...
  • U.S. refinery capacity reaches 18 million barrels per day

    06/25/2015 9:48:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | June 24, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. operable atmospheric crude distillation (CDU) capacity increased by 0.2% in 2014, reaching 18.0 million barrels per calendar day (b/d) according to EIA's recently released annual Refinery Capacity Report (Figure 1). This was the second consecutive year of modest capacity growth following the 2.9% increase in 2012 that resulted from the restart of East Coast refineries that had closed in 2011. The capacities of secondary units that support heavy crude processing and production of ultra-low sulfur diesel and gasoline, including thermal cracking (coking), catalytic hydrocracking, and hydrotreating/desulfurization, also increased. The refinery capacity reported for the start of 2015 includes expansions...
  • EIA’s mapping system highlights energy infrastructure across the United States

    06/16/2015 6:31:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | June 16, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA's energy mapping system is a data-intensive visual reference tool that includes several map layers defining energy infrastructure components across the United States. Using this series of maps, viewers can see crude oil, petroleum, natural gas, or hydrocarbon gas liquid pipelines, terminals, and ports in their area, as well as high voltage electric transmission lines. The mapping system combines information from many government agencies as well as public and private sources. Understanding infrastructure components is helpful as energy supply and consumption patterns change. These map layers can be presented over several base layers with geographic, topographic, street, or satellite image...
  • Mideast oil powers Saudi Arabia, UAE to cut gasoline imports

    06/16/2015 6:03:46 AM PDT · by thackney
    Reuters ^ | Jun 15, 2015 | Seng Li Peng
    -Saudis, UAE to cut gasoline imports as refining capacity grows -Shrinking OECD refining capacity to replace some import demand -Asian demand pushes gasoline margins to over 6-year high ...Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will sharply cut or even halt costly gasoline imports next year after ramping up new refining capacities that put them a step closer to becoming exporters of the motor fuel. The estimated loss of at least 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) in shipments to Saudi Arabia and the UAE is expected to be mitigated by strong global demand that will help replace revenue lost by...
  • Santa Barbara County official rejects plan to move crude oil by truck

    06/10/2015 6:35:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | JUNE 10, 2015 | Javier Panzar
    A Santa Barbara County official has rejected a proposal by Exxon Mobil to send a fleet of 6,720-gallon trucks on as many as 192 daily trips on U.S. 101 while the pipeline the company normally uses is out of commission after last month's oil spill. Dianne Black, assistant director of planning and development for Santa Barbara County, shot down the plan to use as many as eight trucks per hour, 24 hours a day, to transport oil from an Exxon facility near El Capitan State Beach to refineries as far away as San Luis Obispo County. Crude oil typically moves...
  • Crude by rail receipts continue to be an important source of supply for West Coast refiners

    05/29/2015 6:11:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | May 28, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    This Week in Petroleum has previously examined crude oil supply patterns on the West Coast, noting the increase in unaccounted-for supply, and then linking the increase to movements of crude by railroad. EIA’s recently launched crude-by-rail data enable a more detailed analysis of emerging crude oil supply patterns on the West Coast. The data indicate that most crude-by-rail deliveries into PADD 5 are destined for refineries in Washington state, and that despite recent delays in crude-by-rail projects in California, refineries in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas are not entirely without access to domestic crude oil from other regions....
  • Marathon workers say no to labor offer in Galveston

    05/20/2015 4:36:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 19, 2015 | LM Sixel
    Employees at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery overwhelming rejected a contract offer late Monday night, said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock. Details of the offer, which had been brokered through the help of a federal mediator, were not available. The 1,100 workers, who are represented by the United Steelworkers union, have been on strike since Feb. 1. They walked off the job as part of a nationwide work stoppage that eventually expanded to include 15 refineries, chemical plants and power generators. While nearly all the workers nationwide are back to work – with the exception of Marathon’s workers in Texas City and...
  • ISIS Still Hampering Iraqi Oil Industry Progress

    05/08/2015 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Opintel ^ | 08-05-2015 | refineries
    The U.S. military is helping Iraqi forces pushback ISIS at a vital oil refinery. The Baiji refinery is located between Kirkuk and Mosul, and it has been the target of ISIS militants since the extremist group first made major advances last summer. Baiji is Iraq’s largest oil refinery, and as such, is strategically important to the country for revenues and for domestic fuel supplies. “It actually also sits on a corridor that runs from the Tigris River valley to the Euphrates River valley. And so it's geographically significant as well as significant economically,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs...
  • Researchers study how metal contamination makes gasoline production inefficient

    05/01/2015 9:44:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Utrecht University have identified key mechanisms of the aging process of catalyst particles that are used to refine crude oil into gasoline. This advance could lead to more efficient gasoline production. Their recent experiments studied so-called fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) particles that are used to break long-chain hydrocarbons in crude oil into smaller, more valuable hydrocarbons like gasoline. "A major problem is that these catalysts quickly age and lose their activity, so tons of fresh catalysts have to be added to a reactor system every day," said lead researcher...

    04/10/2015 7:33:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Mammoet ^ | 2015 | Mammoet
    The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project is the largest and most complex upgrading project in BP’s recent history. BP asked Mammoet to assist in the massive undertaking filled with logistical, constructional and meteorological challenges. Mammoet accepted the job, taking on the handling, management, transport and installation of a large number of components built in factories all over the U.S. For five years, Mammoet coordinated logistical activities on-and-off-site to safely complete the construction as efficiently as possible. Almost every processing unit in the refinery had to be modified to some degree. Carrying out the many individual jobs was relatively easy as compared...
  • Ten years after a Texas City refinery blast killed 15 and rattled a community, workers keep dying

    03/23/2015 10:21:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mark Collette, Lise Olsen and Jim Malewitz
    The billowing canopies went up on a bare patch of the Texas City refinery grounds during a repair cycle last fall. Some workers saw the tents as just a place to eat lunch. Brian Ambrose saw a nightmare repeating itself. He is one of the few remaining employees who encountered the horrors of 2005, when the BP unit on the same patch of earth erupted in explosions, leaving a charred mass of twisted metal, pulverized office trailers and the remains of 15 people. Others, including many of the roughly 180 injured, have retired or moved elsewhere. Ambrose, who was assigned...
  • Saudi boosts refining capacity

    03/19/2015 5:14:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    zawya ^ | Mar 18 2015 |
    Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in its downstream business and developing captive markets to enter global oil market domination and counter the threat of U.S. tight oil. Saudi Arabia has been crafting the strategy for a few years, but it has come in sharp focus after the kingdom convinced other OPEC producers to maintain oil production at a meeting last November despite a collapse in crude prices. Oil prices have fallen 50% since June 2014, but Saudi officials have been unmoved as they see their strategy working. That suggests that the country has effectively handed over the role of swing...
  • State Senate Works to Block Christie From Settling Pollution Lawsuit Against Exxon

    03/17/2015 10:43:26 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    ny times ^ | 3-17-2015 | KATE ZERNIKE
    The New Jersey Senate approved two measures on Monday contesting Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to settle a pollution lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for a fraction of the damages that the state had originally sought. By a vote of 24 to 0, the Senate approved a resolution urging a judge to reject a proposed $225 million settlement in the case. The state had sought $8.9 billion in damages for restoration and for loss of use of the land by the public because of contamination caused by refineries in Bayonne and Linden. The resolution urged the state to withdraw from the...
  • Workers in refinery strike still off the job

    03/17/2015 9:29:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 16, 2015 |
    None of the workers on strike at 15 refineries and plants in seven states has yet returned to work. And it could be days before any do as the union and individual companies hammer out individual contracts. Last week, negotiators for Shell, which was representing the industry, and the union, agreed on a deal that provides a national framework for contracts. It outlined pay increases and an agreement to review safety and staffing levels, among other provisions. But local issues must be worked out and a contract ratified at each facility before employees return to work. The Steelworkers called the...
  • Union says tentative deal reached to end U.S. refinery strike

    03/13/2015 5:51:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | MARCH 13, 2015 | Reuters
    Four-year deal includes modest pay raises but addresses union concerns over contracted labor and worker fatigue. The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. The new agreement for about 30,000 workers would last four years, a year longer than previous agreements. The deal, which still needs to be ratified, may not end strikes right away at all refineries that have suffered walkouts as local union chapters could still need to work out pending issues....
  • Fitch: Prolonged refinery strike could affect gasoline supplies

    03/11/2015 4:37:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 10, 2015 | Ryan Holeywell
    The ongoing United Steelworkers strike hasn’t impacted the market for refined products much yet, but it could if the strike continues for much longer, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings. The credit ratings agency says the strike could have an especially pronounced effect on the U.S. gasoline market. So far, the implications of the strike — now in its second month and affecting 15 refineries and chemical plants — has been relatively limited, Fitch experts said. But that could be changing. The first quarter of the year typically has lower demand for refined products, Fitch said; meanwhile, adequate...
  • Workers at nation's largest oil refinery join growing strike

    03/08/2015 12:14:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2015
    The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years expanded this weekend in a labor dispute that may start having more of an impact on the price consumers pay for gasoline. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said Saturday that workers at the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana started their strike at the end of Saturday. The USW represents workers at 65 refineries that produce about two-thirds of the oil in the U.S The...
  • Steelworkers strike: More labor board charges filed

    03/05/2015 5:18:12 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 4, 2015 | LM Sixel
    The National Right to Work Foundation announced Wednesday that three employees at LyondellBasell filed unfair labor practice charges against the United Steelworkers Union. The charges allege that union officials from Steelworkers Local 13-227 are harassing workers who are going back to work. The charges were filed Monday with the National Labor Relations Board, according to the foundation that is providing free legal help. The foundation accused an unnamed local union official of making threats toward workers who continue to work during the strike. The group also alleges that union officials have allowed a union Facebook page to threaten union-represented employees...
  • Delta's Trainer Refinery Calls In Federal Mediator, Hoping To Avoid Strike's Spread To Northeast

    03/04/2015 9:56:57 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/4/2015 | Jeff Reed
    At Delta Airlines' Philadelphia refinery, the local chapter of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) and Monroe Energy (a Delta subsidiary) have called in a federal mediator to resuscitate talks between the two parties in the hopes of averting the spread of the largest US oil worker strike in 35 years to the US east coast. National negotiations between Shell (on behalf of the oil companies) and the USW are set to resume Wednesday. In April 2012, Delta acquired the Trainer refinery (located near Philadelphia in Delaware County, PA) from Phillips 66 through subsidiary Monroe Energy for $180 million . The...
  • {Refinery} Company accuses USW of threatening returning workers

    03/04/2015 4:25:56 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 3, 2015 | LM Sixel
    LyondellBasell announced Tuesday that it has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Steelworkers union, alleging that union representatives have made threats against employees who have returned to work and have used abusive language in social media. The company also contends it has witnessed threatening behavior at the gates of its Houston refinery as employees arrive to work, according to a letter to employees from Kevin Brown, executive vice president of global manufacturing, refining, global engineering services and global projects. The company filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board. “This action by the USW is extremely...
  • Petroleum refinery outage in California highlights markets’ quick price reaction

    02/28/2015 7:40:48 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery, the third-largest refinery in Southern California, has about 20% of the region's fluid catalytic cracking capacity and is an important source of gasoline and distillate fuel oil supply for Southern California. Unplanned refinery outages can have noticeable effects on liquid fuel markets, disrupting supplies of gasoline and distillate, particularly in regions that are tightly balanced, such as the West Coast (defined as Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) 5). When refineries undergo planned maintenance, they make arrangements for alternative sources of supply to...
  • Shell and USW 2015 Oil Bargaining - Just The Facts: Update

    02/27/2015 6:49:46 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Shell ^ | 02/26/2015 | Shell
    More than one month ago, Shell Oil Company sat down at the bargaining table with a negotiating team representing national leaders of the United Steelworkers International Union (USW). Shell’s goals were – and still are – to reach an agreement that respects the needs and interests of our employees and ensures the ongoing safety as well as economic health of Shell refineries and chemical plants. To that end, to date Shell has put seven offers on the negotiating table. The USW International Union leaders have rejected all seven of them. In addition, they have ordered their members to strike at...
  • Some contractors (unionized) not so bad, Steelworkers say {Refinery strike}

    02/26/2015 5:09:46 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2015 | LM Sixel
    The building trades unions have taken exception to disparaging comments the United Steelworkers union have made during contract talks that contractor labor is neither high quality or safe. Many contractors use union-represented skilled crafts workers including electricians, plumbers, welders, iron workers and pipefitters. To resolve the simmering, and growing dispute, the leaders of the United Steelworkers union and the North America’s Building Trades Unions issued a joint statement Wednesday to clarify the scope of contractor responsibilities at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants. “We are issuing this statement to make clear that the scope of work USW is seeking in...
  • Potential market implications of outage at ExxonMobil's Torrance, California refinery

    02/25/2015 6:47:39 PM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 25, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery, the third-largest refinery in southern California, has about 20% of the region's fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) capacity and is an important source of gasoline and distillate supply. Based on publicly available information, it can be estimated that Torrance produces about 117,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of gasoline (about 15-20% of southern California's supply) and about 50,000 bbl/d of distillate and jet fuel (about 10% of southern California supply). Unplanned refinery outages can have noticeable impacts on liquid fuel markets, disrupting supplies of...
  • U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

    02/22/2015 11:34:52 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. A total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped.... After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is...
  • Refinery workers strike spreads to biggest US location

    02/21/2015 11:58:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 1:43 PM EST | Tom Murphy
    The first nationwide oil refinery strike in more than 30 years was expected to grow by four more plants over the weekend, including the largest refinery in the U.S., the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The United Steelworkers union said Saturday workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana planned to strike at the end of Saturday. The union said in a statement that it expanded the strike that started Feb. 1 at refineries largely in Texas and California because the industry has...
  • USW:California Refinery Explosion Provides Further Evidence of Need for Safety Improvements

    02/19/2015 4:51:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Union Calls on Industry to Negotiate Solutions to Protect Workers and Communities(PITTSBURGH) -- An explosion and fire today at a refinery in Southern California underscores the United Steelworkers’ demand for improved safety conditions to protect both workers and communities.The explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., occurred as 5,200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are conducting unfair labor practice strikes at 11 refineries across the country with safety as a major concern.“Our members work in dangerous and too often deadly conditions,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “While employers have reaped billions of dollars in profits over...
  • Explosion Rips Through Torrance Refinery, Shakes South Bay

    02/18/2015 10:59:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Hours after an explosion ripped through a Torrance refinery, residents for miles around continue to grapple with ash, a gas odor and concerns over poor air quality while inspectors confirmed that a filtration device was the source of the blast. A smoke advisory was issued for areas near the ExxonMobil refinery due to Wednesday morning's explosion and fire.
  • National Bargaining: Greedy Oil Industry Forces Work Stoppage

    02/18/2015 5:44:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Arrogant oil refiners concerned more about profits than the safety and workplace concerns of thousands of USW-represented oil workers forced the union to call an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.The industry, represented by Royal Dutch Shell, gave the USW no other option when it refused to bargain in good faith over a national contract even though the union was prepared to continue talking beyond the midnight deadline.“Shell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table,” International President Leo W. Gerard said. “We had no choice but to give notice of a work stoppage.”The negotiations for a...
  • Cause Of ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery Explosion Under Investigation

    02/18/2015 12:41:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    A three-alarm fire was reported around 8:50 a.m. at a processing unit at 3700 West 190th St. in Torrance, according to officials. When crews arrived on scene they found evidence of an explosion and a small ground fire, which firefighters quickly extinguished. ... Residents and approximately 30 schools in the Torrance School District were instructed to shelter in place. That advisory was lifted by police around 11:45 a.m.
  • LyondellBasell: Strikers, come back to work

    02/18/2015 12:18:21 PM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 18, 2015 | LM Sixel
    In an open letter to employees, the manager of LyondellBasell’s Houston Refinery is asking its striking employees to come back to work. The workers, who walked out of the refinery on Feb. 1 as part of a nationwide strike after national oil bargaining talks broke down, have left the refinery scrambling to operate with supervisors. The United Steelworkers union is on strike against 11 refineries and chemical plants nationwide, including five in the Houston area. The letter outlined the negotiating efforts both sides made before the strike began and how the company had requested a rolling 24-hour extension to keep...
  • Shell, union spar over picket line etiquette

    02/14/2015 6:24:51 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2015 | LM Sixel
    Tensions escalated Friday in the nearly two-week strike after picketers were told to get off the Shell Deer Park Refining property. The order puts the strikers in danger because the refinery fronts the feeder road on Texas 225 and there is no sidewalk on which to stand, said Lee Medley, president of the United Steelworkers Local 13-1. He said Shell gave the strikers walking the picket line 30 minutes to get themselves, their chairs, ice chests and other equipment off the property. Shell issued its order in response to unsafe behaviors by the picketers including blocking entrances with picketers and...
  • TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

    02/14/2015 6:16:04 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Undaunted by the long battle over Keystone XL and current low oil prices, TransCanada Corp. is planning to build another border-crossing pipeline that would ferry North Dakota crude to refineries in Eastern Canada. TransCanada executives confirmed Friday they have signed contracts with shippers for enough capacity on the proposed 285-mile Upland pipeline to go forward with the project. It would move as many as 70,000 barrels a day of oil away from North Dakota’s Williston Basin, giving producers another alternative to shipping that crude by rail. “There is no question that production is up in North America, across the board,”...
  • Operations At 3 Refineries Interrupted As Strike Continues To Cause Havoc

    02/12/2015 12:57:38 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 2/12/2015 | Jeff Reed
    Three of the nine US oil refineries targeted by the largest oil worker refinery strike since 1980 have reported interruptions and unplanned repairs since the United Steelworkers Union (USW) workers went on strike earlier this month. Shell's 327,000 bpd refinery in Deer Park, Texas, is now operating normally after experiencing an upset at a fluid catalytic cracker on February 8. "Shell Deer Park continues to safely operate at planned production rates. While not formally at the negotiating table, the lines of communication remain open. Shell remains hopeful that both parties will reach a mutually satisfactory agreement," Shell said in a...
  • GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

    02/11/2015 4:06:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 11, 2015 | by Jim Brunner
    Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. But as the bill headed for a final committee vote, the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, raised a line of argument that GOP leaders have largely shied away from this year. Shea, one of the legislature’s most conservative members, disputed the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is occurring, likely due to...
  • Steelworkers strike extends to BP plants outside Texas

    02/08/2015 6:51:36 PM PST · by thackney · 57 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 7, 2015 | LM Sixel
    The United Steelworkers union is broadening its nationwide walkout to include two more refineries. Early Sunday, the union is planning to go on strike against two BP facilities in the Midwest, union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock confirmed. That will bring the total number of plants on strike to 11, after union members walked out of nine facilities, including five in the Houston area, a week ago. The latest work stoppages are scheduled to begin 12:01 a.m. Sunday at BP’s refineries in Toledo, Ohio and Whiting, Ind., Hancock said. BP issued a statement saying it is disappointed the union is launching a...
  • Union rejects sixth refinery offer from Shell, talks recess

    02/05/2015 4:29:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 2/5/2015 | Erwin Seba Reuters
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders on Thursday rejected the sixth contract offer Royal Dutch Shell made to U.S. refinery workers and a pause in negotiations was called on the fifth day of a strike, though talks are expected to resume.
  • USW Oil Workers to Rally at Shell Headquarters

    02/04/2015 3:11:21 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The United Steelworkers (USW) ^ | Feb 04, 2015 | The United Steelworkers (USW)
    HOUSTON – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that Houston area oil workers will sponsor a noon rally at Shell Headquarters on Friday, Feb. 6, to show management that union members are united in their drive for a fair contract that improves safety throughout the industry.Union members began a strike at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in California, Kentucky, Texas and Washington on Feb. 1, after their previous contract expired and industry negotiators, represented by Shell, failed to address serious concerns raised by the USW regarding the health and safety of workers and their communities.USW members account for about...