EIA: Midwest, Rocky Mountain regions increasingly self-sufficient in fuel production

A new study, commissioned by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), finds that changes in North American energy markets over the past decade have strengthened the supply of transportation fuels including motor gasoline, distillates, and jet fuel in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

Sinopec to boost fine chemicals investment at Maoming refining hub

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Sinopec Corp plans to boost investment in fine chemicals at its Maoming-Zhanjiang refining base in southern China alongside partners like Germany's BASF, a senior executive said in an interview on Thursday.

One of the first US refineries to be built in 40 years planned for Permian Basin

AUSTIN, Texas -- MMEX Resources Corp., a global energy company focusing on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South America, announced that it plans to build a $450 million, 50,000-bpd capacity crude oil refinery in the West Texas Permian Basin, subject to the receipt of required governmental permits and completion of required debt and equity financing.

Amec awarded Eni contract for ‘green’ refinery conversion

Amec Foster Wheeler announced that it has been awarded a lump sum turn-key contract in excess of €50 million by Eni SpA for the engineering, procurement and construction of a new steam reforming plant for hydrogen production to be built at its refinery at Gela, Italy.

Union threatens strike at Saskatchewan refinery as talks stall

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -- Workers at the 130,000-bpd Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, could go out on strike by the end of March after pay and pension negotiations with management broke down, a union representative said on Tuesday.

Iraq announces increase in Kirkuk oil refinery capacity

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -- Iraq has added a processing unit to the Kirkuk oil refinery, increasing the plant's capacity by 10,000 bpd, the oil ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oil-for-loan debts cost Venezuela's PDVSA hard-won India market share

CARACAS/HOUSTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- Venezuela's state-run oil company, PDVSA, has spent at least a decade trying to build business ties and boost shipments to refineries in India, where crowds once welcomed the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez with cries of "Viva!"


Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing

Linde Engineering North America (LENA) has appointed Jason Cooper as President and CEO.

Saudi Aramco, Shell to separate Motiva assets

HOUSTON -- Saudi Arabian Oil Company and Royal Dutch Shell plc announce the signing of binding definitive agreements between Saudi Refining, Inc. -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco -- and SOPC Holdings East LLC -- a US downstream subsidiary of Shell -- on the separation of assets, liabilities and businesses of Motiva Enterprises LLC.

Amec awarded Shell global downstream framework agreement

Amec Foster Wheeler announced the award of a five-year global Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) with Shell Global Solutions International, B.V. to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for its downstream projects worldwide.