Environment & Safety

Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants

Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks.

Saudi's Sipchem says production back to normal

A technical problem at Sipchem’s International Gases Co. unit, which had disrupted operations at two other units since mid-August, had been resolved and production was back to normal.

Four people injured in Romanian Black Sea refinery fire

Four people were injured when a nitrogen tank exploded at Romania's Black Sea Petromidia crude refinery.

Lyondell Houston refinery restoring production after steam loss

LyondellBasell Industries was restoring production at its 263 Mbpd Houston refinery after a midday power interruption robbed the plant of steam supply last week.

Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery HCU shut by steam loss

The hydrocracking unit at Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, was shut Sunday after the steam supply was temporarily lost at the refinery.

Malaysia's Petronas Chemicals says 2 killed from ammonia leak at plant

Malaysia's Petronas Chemicals Group said Tuesday that an ammonia leak at one of its plants in the eastern state of Sabah killed two employees and injured three.

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery shuts CDU due to flooding

ExxonMobil Corp. shut a crude distillation unit at its Baton Rouge refinery Tuesday as flooding disrupted operations at a LPG storage facility.

Metrohm develops ASTM acid number method for petroleum products

A method of determining the acid number in crude oil and petroleum products using thermometric titration has been developed by Metrohm and released by the ASTM.

LyondellBasell 's Houston refinery returns to normal operations

LyondellBasell Industries returned its Houston refinery to normal operations Wednesday, one day after a power interruption on a unit cut production in half.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Turning methane into a high-value chemical was achieved by German chemical company Grillo after years of intensive research.