Refining

GE awarded service contract for biorefinery

PARIS — GE Power was selected by Alco Bio Fuel, one of Belgium’s major biorefineries, to deploy its Predix-based Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to future-proof the refinery’s power-generation unit’s refinery field operations. The service contract will last for 10 yr, and GE will also be responsible for providing on-site service support.

S.Korea refiner buys rare Canadian crude cargo for February

SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) — South Korean refiner GS Caltex Corp has bought a rare cargo of Cold Lake crude, the company’s first purchase in more than two decades of this Canadian oil grade, a company spokesman said on Monday.

India increases petcoke import tax in blow to US refiners

NEW DELHI (Reuters) — India has raised the effective import duty on petroleum coke to 10% from 2.5%, according to a government order, days after the government told a court it was in favor of curbing the use of the dirty-burning fuel.

Cuba takes over Venezuela stake in refinery JV

HAVANA/HOUSTON (Reuters) — Venezuela has pulled out of a partnership with Cuba in its Cienfuegos oil refinery and the Caribbean island has taken full ownership of the plant, Cuban state media said on Thursday.

Honeywell implements advanced process control at Bashneft refineries

MOSCOW — Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced its advanced process control (APC) at the Bashneft oil refining complex (part of Rosneft Oil Company) has demonstrated high efficiency, paying for itself in the first year of operation.

Ineos considers shifting refinery work due to Forties outage

LONDON (Reuters) — Ineos may bring forward maintenance work at its Grangemouth refinery in Scotland due to the unplanned outage at its Forties North Sea crude pipeline, which threatens to choke the plant's feedstock, industry sources said on Wednesday.

Polish refiner PKN seeks full control of Czech unit Unipetrol

PRAGUE/WARSAW (Reuters) — Poland's biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen kicked off a voluntary tender offer to buy the remaining shares in Czech downstream oil group Unipetrol to take full control and delist it from the Prague bourse.

CTCI awarded contract for Petronas RAPID project

With years of cultivation and development in the Malaysia hydrocarbon market, CTCI contracted RAPID P1 RFCC Project of PETRONAS in 2014 with a contract value of $1 B.

Siluria Technologies, Wood launch technology converting offgas

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA and ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND — Siluria Technologies, a leader in developing disruptive process technologies for the petrochemical and energy industries, and Wood (WG.L), a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, announce the availability of the Modus process technology for petroleum refiners.

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.