Revamps, modernization and expansion come as oil glut continues

Smith, Ashley, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Announcements over the past few weeks from refiners modernizing, revamping or expanding refineries around the world show the impact the crude oil stockpiles are having on the downstream industry.

Uganda says agrees terms with consortium to build oil refinery

KAMPALA (Reuters) — Uganda said on Monday it had agreed preliminary terms with a consortium of investors including General Electric to build and operate the country's first oil refinery, reviving a much-delayed project.

Uganda, Tanzania start work on construction of $3.5 B oil pipeline

TANGA, Tanzania (Reuters) — The leaders of Tanzania and Uganda laid a foundation stone on Saturday for the construction of a $3.55 B-crude export pipeline that would pump Ugandan oil for international markets.

Nigeria to legalize mini refineries, supply them with crude

ABUJA (Reuters) — Nigeria will legalize currently outlawed mini refineries in the Niger Delta oil hub by the end of the year and supply them with crude at a reasonable price, the presidency said on Thursday, fulfilling demands from community leaders.

West African oil booms as refineries cash in on high margins

LONDON (Reuters) — Booming refinery profits are helping West African oil producers sell cargoes quickly, aided by a shortage in certain types of crude amid OPEC production cuts and Venezuelan troubles.

Boxscore Construction Analysis: The state of the global downstream construction sector

Balboa, B., Gulf Publishing Company

In May, Lee Nichols, Editor and Associate Publisher of Hydrocarbon Processing and Gas Processing, presented a detailed, year-to-date trend analysis and review on new and active downstream construction projects around the world.

Global Project Data

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database is tracking nearly 350 downstream projects with capital expenditures (CAPEX) of $1 B or greater.

Business Trends: Ethylene production economics from optional feedstocks

Sorour, F. H., Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co.; Abdelmonem, N. M., Cairo University; Tewfik, SH. R., National Research Center (NRC); Ashour, F. H., Gadalla, M.A., British University in Egypt

The petrochemicals industry is witnessing enormous growth worldwide. Ethylene is produced by cracking a range of hydrocarbons. Naphtha is the main raw material used in European and Japanese crackers, while the US utilizes ethane as its primary feedstock.

Industry Perspectives: The global reach of Hydrocarbon Processing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since the beginning of this year, Hydrocarbon Processing has published more than 200 articles and columns. These publications include technical and trends-based articles on the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) within the magazine, online, in show dailies, etc.

Editorial Comment: Is the industry ready for IMO 2020?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-July, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals from around the world met in Houston, Texas for Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Petrochemical and Refining Conference (IRPC).