Africa

Vopak, Reatile announce terminal expansion in South Africa

Royal Vopak and its partner Reatile announce that the investment decision has been taken to further expand their activities in South Africa. In line with previous expansions this investment aims to enhance Vopak's infrastructure to help meet South Africa's increasing demand for petroleum products.

Moroccan refiner Samir receives 20 offers from foreign investors

CASABLANCA (Reuters) -- The court-appointed manager of Morocco's oil refiner Samir said on Monday he had received about 20 offers for the company from foreign investors.

Algeria attracts 49 initial international offers for new refineries

ALGIERS (Reuters) -- Algeria has attracted 49 offers from international energy companies to build four refineries worth a total $6 billion, a state energy firm Sonatrach source told Reuters on Monday.

Nigeria V.P.: Country must offer work to illegal refiners to reach peace

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) -- Nigeria needs to offer work to people who make a living from illegally refining oil in the Niger Delta in order to achieve peace there, the African oil-producing nation's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday.

Trading giant Glencore extends major Libyan oil deal

LONDON (Reuters) -- Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore has extended a deal with Libya's state oil firm to be the sole marketer of one third of the country's current crude oil production, sources familiar with the matter said.

Crackdown on bush refineries unsettles Nigeria's oil heartland

OGONILAND, Nigeria (Reuters) -- Listening for the engines of navy boats hunting illegal refineries in the swamps of Nigeria's Niger Delta, workers heat up crude oil in a tank next to a waterway.

West African push to clean up toxic fuel hits snags

LONDON (Reuters) -- A West African drive to clean up toxic fuels that campaigners say pose a health hazard to millions has run into difficulties less than two months after it was announced, according to importers, traders and other oil industry insiders.

Global Project Data

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, new project announcements have averaged 11 per month since mid-2016.

Business Trends: Anticipated market and pricing impacts from new marine fuel regulations

Tallett, M., Witmer, T., Dunbar, D., EnSys Energy; St. Amand, D., Navigistics Consulting

In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that it will implement a new regulation that calls for the sulfur content in marine fuels to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%. The new regulation will go into effect in January 2020. This action by the IMO will have a profound impact on the maritime and refining industries worldwide, as well as on the environment. This month’s Business Trends section provides an overview on the anticipated impacts of the IMO’s decision on petroleum product markets.

Industry Perspectives: Global desulfurization capacity to skyrocket over the long term

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

According to OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2016, desulfurization capacity additions represent the largest capacity increases among all process units to 2040. This trend is due to increased regulations on the amount of sulfur allowed in transportation fuels.