Shipping fuel change to upend refining, threaten OPEC crudes

A switch to cleaner fuels in the world's ships in 2020 could double the profits of the world's most advanced oil refineries, but threatens to put older ones out of business and punish those countries that produce the wrong kind of crude.

Wärtsilä positioned to assist marine sector meet new global sulfur cap

Wärtsilä's proactive development of exhaust gas cleaning systems, together with its broad offering in gas and dual-fuel engine technologies, means that the company is positioned to assist fleet owners to implement plans for compliance.

DuPont MECS DynaWave scrubbers to be used in Petronas’ RAPID refinery

DuPont MECS DynaWave technology has been selected for the installation of three custom-engineered scrubbing systems for sulfur dioxide removal at Petronas’ RAPID Project refinery in Pengerang, Southern Johor, Malaysia.

Business Trends: Global refining overview—Part 3

Nichols, L., Hydrocarbon Processing

Hydrocarbon Processing continues its series on the global refining industry. This series provides a detailed outlook on the state of the global refining sector, active and new project developments, and an overview of major refining trends in each region. Part 3 provides an overview of the refining sectors of Canada, Latin America and the US.

Refining: High-impact challenges in today’s global refining market

Zurlo, J. A., GE Water and Process Technologies

To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.

IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulfur fuel oil requirement

In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, January 1, 2020, has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulfur content of the fuel oil used by ships.

ReTPac concept from MAN Diesel & Turbo recaptures market for refinery applications

Tailored specifically to the requirements of refinery operators, the modular and scalable turbomachinery concept combines centrifugal compressor and prime mover to a single-lift unit, serving refinery applications like hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

Air Liquide expands its relationship with Axion Energy

Air Liquide will expand its long-term supply of hydrogen to Axion Energy Argentina.

Axens technology licensed for Pertamina’s Balikpapan, Cilacap refineries

Axens signed several technology licensing agreements with Pertamina for its major expansion project to upgrade residue into gasoline in Balikpapan and for a new middle distillate hydrotreater in Cilacap.

EPA fines Eco Services Corp. for sulfur dioxide leak

The EPA has reached a settlement with Eco Services Operations Corp., located in Carson, Calif., for violations of federal laws related to a large release of 65,049 pounds of sulfur dioxide in 2013.