Ben DuBose

Hydrocarbon Processing,

Shell, CNOOC take final decision to expand China petrochemicals JV

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

The new project involves the ongoing construction of an ethylene cracker and ethylene derivatives units, which will increase the complex’s ethylene capacity by over 1 MMtpy.

WPC ’16: ExxonMobil sees integration boosting new US chemical projects

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

Neil Chapman, ExxonMobil Chemical’s president, knows that his company cannot depend on North American ethane, or any other feedstock, staying cost-advantaged forever.

AFPM ’16: Industry leaders see reform of RFS as top US priority

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

"For AFPM members, Tesoro included, the RFS remains our top policy priority," said Gregory Goff, CEO of US refiner Tesoro. "The cost of this policy to refiners can't be ignored."

AFPM ’16: US gasoline demand to peak in 2016, decline thereafter

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

The recent upswing in US gasoline demand is likely to reverse course by 2017, a leading industry analyst believes, driven by improvements in the fuel efficiency of light vehicles.

AFPM ’16: Valero CEO eyes teamwork on refining safety, performance

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

Valero and its subsidiaries employ 10,000 people, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.0 million bpd, 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.3 billion gal/year, and renewable diesel production from a JV.

AFPM ’16: Epstein urges ‘human’ approach by fossil-fuel proponents

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

As the US election looms, Alex Epstein says the framework of the fossil-fuel industry’s message needs to change in order to gain better traction and influence with voters.

Thai Oil picks Chevron Lummus Global to upgrade Sriracha refinery

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

Chevron Lummus Global was chosen as licensor on the residue and VGO hydrocracking units for Thai Oil’s upgrade and expansion of the Sriracha crude refinery in Thailand.

ECF ’16: Downstream craft labor boom in Texas could fade after 2017

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

The downstream construction outlook along the Texas Gulf Coast could change dramatically when the current wave of new projects winds down after 2017, a regional expert says.

ECF ’16: Energy contractors need newcomers to ease labor shortage

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

S&B Engineers & Constructors president James Slaughter says contractors and operators must do more to improve training and boost the appeal of construction as a career.

ECF ’16: US refiners turn focus to CDU projects over desulfurization

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

While US refineries are still competitive globally, new US crude exports will likely prevent large discounts on domestic oil in the future and could make heavy Canadian crudes more attractive.