Environment & Safety

Winter storm challenges US East Coast energy complex

NEW YORK (Reuters) — The US energy industry is facing a massive test of its infrastructure as an intense winter storm roars up the Atlantic Coast, threatening power outages, refinery shutdowns and spikes in heating prices.

Explosion at major Venezuela refinery injures two

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) — A furnace exploded during a unit restart at Venezuela’s largest refining complex, injuring two workers, a union leader and a family member of one of the victims said on Wednesday.

India's Reliance aims to become big clean energy provider

MUMBAI (Reuters) — India’s Reliance Industries Ltd will become a major provider of clean energy in the country, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said, as the South Asian nation transitions to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels.

Mexichem-Pemex JV will not rebuild blast-damaged plant

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — A joint venture between Mexican chemicals company Mexichem and state oil firm Pemex has decided not to rebuild a petrochemical plant in southeastern Mexico badly damaged in a deadly explosion last year, Mexichem said on Wednesday.

Ineos presses ahead with crude pipeline repairs

LONDON (Reuters) — Ineos said repairs to Britain’s Forties crude pipeline were underway on Wednesday, after a crack was found that closed the pipeline on Dec. 11.

Enterprise to implement additional crude oil quality specs at Cushing terminal

HOUSTON — Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced that it will adopt five new quality specifications for sweet crude oil, also referred to as West Texas Intermediate (WTI) at its terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. Enterprise’s Cushing terminal is a physical delivery point for NYMEX WTI futures.

TransCanada clashes with pipeline opponents at Nebraska hearing

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) — Opponents of TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline argued on Tuesday that regulators in Nebraska had no authority to approve the line's "alternative" path through the state and that the project should be considered dead.

Unipetrol limits Litvinov refinery operations after fire

PRAGUE (Reuters) — Unipetrol limited operations at its Litvinov plant on Tuesday after a morning fire at its partial oxidation (POX) unit, the Czech refiner said.

Britain's biggest oil pipeline shut ‘for weeks’ for repairs

LONDON (Reuters) — Britain's largest oil pipeline could shut down for weeks for unscheduled repair work, sending the price of crude to new 2-yr highs and triggering a steep rally in natural gas prices, just as a cold snap sweeps the country.

Vietnam fuel distributors to shift to ethanol blend this week

HANOI (Reuters) — Vietnam's biggest fuel distributors said they would complete a shift to an ethanol-blended product by Friday as part of a government program to promote a more eco-friendly fuel.