Refining

EIA: US crude stockpiles at record high as imports surge

(Reuters) -- US crude oil stocks rose to a fresh record last week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday, as a surge in imports and rising domestic production more than offset a hike in refinery runs.

Oxea awards Jacobs contract for propanol expansion project

DALLAS -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a construction management contract from Oxea Corporation for a Propanol Expansion project at its manufacturing site at Bay City, Texas. Propanol is used to manufacture products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, printing inks, coatings and adhesives.

Gazprom Neft building a hydrogen production facility at its Omsk refinery

Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a standalone 12,300 tpy-capacity hydrogen production unit at its Omsk Refinery. This processing facility will provide high-purity (99.9%) hydrogen for new and reconstructed hydrotreatment facilities, intended to reduce the sulfur content of motor-fuel components (blending agents).

Wantong Petrochemical first to use Honeywell hydrotreating catalyst

DES PLAINES, Ill. – Honeywell announced that Wantong Petrochemical Group is producing ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel using Honeywell UOP’s new HYT-6219 hydrotreating catalyst.

AFPM Annual '17: Daily editions of the official conference newspaper

SAN ANTONIO -- Enclosed are digital copies of all three daily editions of the official conference newspaper of the AFPM 2017 Annual Meeting, held at the Marriott Rivercenter.

PetroChina's head of crude oil trading resigns, replaced by deputy

BEIJING (Reuters) -- The head of crude oil trading at Chinese state energy giant PetroChina has resigned after 20 years with the company, a rare departure from a state-owned enterprise known for retaining talent in the midst of rapid expansion.

China's Sinopec buys first major African refinery in Chevron deal

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's Sinopec said on Wednesday it has agreed to pay almost $1 billion for a 75% stake in Chevron Corp's South African assets and its subsidiary in Botswana, securing its first major refinery on the continent.

Clariant launches new phosphoric acid catalyst for fuel upgrading

MUNICH – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced the launch of PolyMax 850, a catalyst for petroleum refineries. The new phosphoric acid catalyst increases polygasoline, nonene and tetramer yields at lower operating temperatures, reducing costs and boosting productivity. Compared to previous generations of the PolyMax series, the new catalyst offers an even longer service life.

Beset by delays, Myanmar-China oil pipeline nears start-up

YANGON/BEIJING (Reuters) -- Nearly a decade in the making, a project to pump oil 480 mi across Myanmar to southwest China is set for imminent start-up, with a supertanker nearing the port of Kyauk Phyu, marking the opening of a new oil trading route.

Saudi king's Asia tour trumpets Aramco's moves downstream

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Saudi King Salman's lavish tour of Asia, arriving in each country on a golden escalator with 400 t of luggage, had a hardnosed marketing mission -- to cement the kingdom's place as leading oil supplier to the world's biggest consumer region.