Refining

Indonesia's Pertamina to delay some refinery projects over financing

JAKARTA (Reuters) — Pertamina plans to delay some refinery upgrades and a new project, including ventures involving Rosneft and Saudi Aramco, due to financing issues, the Indonesian state oil company said on Tuesday.

Tankers load Qatari crude along with UAE oil as shipping ban eases

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Exports of Qatari crude oil have not been hindered by a port ban imposed by other Gulf states as tankers are loading Qatari grades along with cargoes from the United Arab Emirate, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed on Wednesday.

Venezuelan refinery reels as PDVSA ships light oil to Cuba, Curacao

(Reuters) — Venezuela's 187,000-bpd Puerto la Cruz refinery is running at 16% of capacity, mainly due to a lack of light oil as state-run PDVSA ships a portion of its Mesa 30 crude to Cuba and Curacao, according to internal trade reports and workers.

IRPC Europe '17: Scenes from day one

Check out scenes from the first day of IRPC Europe 2017.

IRPC Europe '17: European refiners look to preserve market share in expanding global industry

VIENNA—Viren Doshi, former Senior Vice President and Head of Oil and Gas Practice at Strategy&, discussed the market outlook for the European refining industry in a market keynote on Day 1 of International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Europe.

IRPC Europe '17: OMV exec examines challenges facing EU refining industry

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

VIENNA—Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association Ltd. (UKPIA), Chris Hunt, delivered opening remarks on Day 1 of Gulf Publishing Company's International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) Europe. Mr. Hunt invited attendees to network with one another during the conference against the beautiful backdrop of the Danube River.

LPG subsidy burden climbs as Indonesia considers price hike

JAKARTA (Reuters) — The cost of Indonesia's subsidy on LPG is increasing, leading to the country paying at least half of the cost of the fuel, said an official from state-owned energy company Pertamina on Tuesday.

China "teapot" oil group urges compliance on quotas, tax

BEIJING (Reuters) — An alliance of more than 20 of China's independent oil refineries has urged its members to strictly adhere to government rules on oil quotas and taxes, according to a group statement seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Case study: Improve vacuum tower operation with VFD addition

Alshaye, A., Saudi Aramco

The bottom pump in crude vacuum units is an area of concern for almost all petroleum oil refineries. The harsh operating parameters in which these pumps operate, including high product temperature and significant vacuum suction pressure, have resulted in frequent vacuum tower upsets and low mean time between failures (MTBF) for vacuum bottom pumps.

Improve H2O measurement in catalytic reformer H2 recycle streams

Engelhart, W. G., SpectraSensors

Catalytic reformer units convert naphtha into high-octane aromatic compounds called reformates, which are used in gasoline blending and formulation. UOP developed the catalytic reforming process and brought the first unit into operation in 1949.