ESAI Energy: IMO sulfur content cap will destroy fuel oil demand

In its recent 5-yr outlook on petroleum products, ESAI Energy examines the implementation of the International Marine Organization’s (IMO) 0.5% sulfur content cap on bunker fuels, which is slated to take effect globally in 2020.

Tüpraş selects Jacobs sulfur recovery Technology for three refineries

DALLAS — Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.’s proprietary EUROCLAUS sulfur recovery technology was selected by Tüpraş for its new sulfur recovery units that will be installed in the company’s Izmit, Izmir and Kirikkale refineries in Turkey.

Shell mulls German refinery upgrade to meet 2020 IMO sulfur rules

LONDON (Reuters) — Royal Dutch Shell is considering expanding the capacity of one of its German refineries to make oil products that meet an upcoming cap on the sulfur content of fuels used in shipping.

Freight train cars burning after derailment in Pennsylvania; residents flee

Hyndman, Pa. (Reuters) — Rail cars carrying gas and sulfur on a CSX Corp freight train skidded off the tracks and burst into flames on Wednesday in a small Pennsylvania town, forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes as firefighters fought the blaze.

Editorial Comment: Is the industry ready for IMO 2020?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-July, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals from around the world met in Houston, Texas for Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Petrochemical and Refining Conference (IRPC).

Tide turns for sulfur-rich oil in a sea of light crude

LONDON (Reuters) — The world is awash with oil, but in pockets of the market lower-quality, sulfur-rich crude is limited and buyers are competing for cargoes.

Indian refiners tap spot crude market to feed increased capacity

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) — Indian companies have stepped up purchases of high-sulfur crude oil from the Middle East and Russia in the spot market to feed demand from expanded refining capacity, trade sources said.

Indian Oil plans to buy N. American sour crude for the first time

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) — India's top refiner has issued its first tender to buy high-sulfur, or sour, crude from North America as it seeks to diversify imports, three trading sources said on Tuesday.

Viewpoint: The future of India’s refining capacity and the rise of clean fuels

Kanwar, R., Contributing Writer; Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

India is emerging as the world’s new oil demand center, with burgeoning consumption providing huge potential for downstream oil and gas growth. With a GDP ranked in the top 10 globally and a large, growing population, India has seen continuous increases in demand for energy in all forms.

Nigeria seen missing July target to buy cleaner fuel

LONDON (Reuters) — Nigeria's state-run oil company will keep buying cheaper, lower-quality gasoline for now because the government has yet to circulate new rules forcing a switch by July to cleaner fuels with less sulfur content, trading sources said on Tuesday.