Catcracker halted at Venezuela's Cardon refinery

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (Reuters) — The catalytic cracker at Venezuela’s 310,000 bpd Cardon refinery has stopped due to faults, a union leader and two workers said on Friday.

Three dead after suspected gas leak at PetroChina refinery

BEIJING (Reuters) — Three workers were killed and six others injured during a suspected gas leak at a PetroChina-operated refinery in Dalian on Saturday evening, state media said on Monday.

SNC-Lavalin awarded engineering contract by Ecopetrol in Colombia

BOGOTA — SNC-Lavalin announced it has been awarded a contract by Ecopetrol in Colombia for conceptual, basic and detailed engineering on high and medium-complexity projects through to 2020.

Middle East, US crude oil curbs Indian appetite for African supplies

NEW DELHI (Reuters) — India's imports of African crude oil in October plunged to their lowest in over four years, with the world's No.3 oil consumer increasingly turning to cheaper supplies from the United States and heavier Middle Eastern grades, ship tracking data showed.

Romania closes one case against Russia's Lukoil, related trial still on

BUCHAREST/MOSCOW (Reuters) — Romanian prosecutors have decided to close a criminal case against Russia's Petrotel Lukoil refinery in Romania over allegations of money laundering, although the trial of a larger related case continues, they said on Friday.

Petrobras CEO says to discuss refining partnership with CNPC CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said he will meet this month with the CEO of China National Petroleum Corp in Brazil to discuss the details of their partnership to build a refinery complex in Rio de Janeiro.

China's oil refiners rush to cash in on bumper profits

BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese oil refiners are churning out record amounts of fuel in the last quarter of 2017, looking to cash in on the best refining profits in nearly 2 yr after a rally in diesel and gasoline prices.

Rosneft board approves oil deal with China's CEFC

BEIJING (Reuters) — Russia's Rosneft has approved a 2018 deal to supply CEFC China Energy about 12 MMt of crude oil as part of the Chinese firm's $9.1 B investment in the Russian oil major, a Chinese source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

Venezuela's PDVSA to tap oil customers to pay $449 MM to ONGC

NEW DELHI (Reuters) — Venezuela's national oil company PDVSA will use existing crude oil customers or new Indian state buyers as intermediaries to settle $449 MM owed to India's ONGC Videsh Ltd, the Indian company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Start-up at Mexico's top refinery has begun, still no output

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexico’s national oil company Pemex’s biggest refinery has begun bringing plants back online following a prolonged stoppage caused by a major earthquake in September, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.