Refining

Key design considerations for vacuum process condensers

Lines, J., Graham Corp.

The crude oil refining and petrochemical industries make extensive use of condensers that operate under vacuum (i.e., below atmospheric pressure). Distillation is the most common process using these condensers, either as a process precondenser ahead of an ejector system, or as an intercondenser within an ejector system.

France's Technip, Venezuelan firms tapped to refurbish Aruba refinery

ORANJESTAD/HOUSTON (Reuters) -- A consortium formed by France's Technip and Venezuela's Tecnoconsult and Y&V Group was picked to refurbish Aruba's 225,000-barrel-per day refinery, the Caribbean island's government said on Thursday.

Court-appointed manager gets $3-B offer for Moroccan refiner Samir

RABAT (Reuters) -- The court-appointed manager of Morocco's only oil refiner, Samir, has received a $3 billion offer for the business from a foreign conglomerate, he said on Wednesday, without naming the bidder.

Minnesota refinery facing possible strike

(Reuters) -- Western Refining's plant in St. Paul Park, Minnesota could be headed for a strike at the beginning of the year, according to a union statement on Wednesday.

Russia's Lukoil appoints new VP for sales and supplies

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia's second biggest oil producer Lukoil has appointed a new vice-president for sales and supplies after state-owned rival Rosneft clinched several major deals at its expense, three sources told Reuters.

Qatargas announces commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2

DOHA, Qatar -- Qatargas announced the commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2, marking an expansion of refining capacity in the State of Qatar. The project will refine 146,000 bpd of condensate from the North Field, the largest non-associated natural gas reserve in the world.

China's Sinopec starts construction of Zhanjiang refinery

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's Sinopec Group has begun construction of a long-planned refinery and petrochemical complex in the southern city of Zhanjiang, the company said on its website on Wednesday.

Saudi Aramco, Pertamina sign JV agreement for refinery project

Saudi Aramco and PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil and gas company, signed a JV development agreement (JVDA), enabling further progress to jointly own, upgrade and operate the Cilacap Refinery in central Java, Indonesia.

US refiners cash in on Mexico's record fuel imports

NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) -- US Gulf Coast refiners are cashing in on rising fuel demand from Mexico, shipping record volumes to a southern neighbor that has failed to expand its refining network to supply a fast-growing economy.

Shell completes the sale of Shell Refining Company in Malaysia

Shell has completed the sale of its 51% shareholding in the Shell Refining Company Berhad in Malaysia, which includes the 125,000-bpd refinery in Port Dickson, to Malaysia Hengyuan International Limited for $66.3 million.