Refining: What is blending?

Curcio, L. E., Refinery Automation Institute, LLC

Not a day passes without publications, the blogosphere and pundits wringing their hands over the concept of fuel blending. In today’s low-priced crude oil market, the fuel blending business gives blenders a competitive edge that grows every day, attracting new customers and potential new producers intrigued by the possibility of making “easy” money.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US saw solid product demand, despite a decline following the end of the driving season, and reduced scheduled maintenance lent some support.

Global: Increase in Russian fuel excise tax may hit refinery profitability

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

The Russian government’s recent decision to raise the excise tax on motor fuel by 1 RUB/l in 2018 may lead to serious losses for the country’s domestic refining industry.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Argentina biodiesel exports decline after US tariffs imposed

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina's biodiesel exports fell 30% in the third quarter of 2017 from the previous year to 353,034 t, the government's statistics agency said on Wednesday, indicating that new US import tariffs have had a swift impact.

EIA: US crude stocks fall, but gasoline, distillates up

(Reuters) — US crude oil stocks fell last week, led by the biggest fall in inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub in eight years, while gasoline and distillate stockpiles rose, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

China state companies reach for new markets as 2017 diesel exports surge

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Chinese state companies are shipping diesel to new buyers in the Middle East and Latin America as exports of the fuel head towards a record, and independent refiners could help raise the outbound sales even higher next year, multiple sources said.

ICRC buying fuel to pump clean water in Yemen as "last resort"

GENEVA (Reuters) — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday it was making a "stop-gap" purchase of fuel so as to provide clean water to one million people in the Yemeni cities of Hodeidah and Taiz for one month.

China diesel in rare rally as smog war, tax fears stir supply worries

BEIJING (Reuters) — A rally in China's diesel prices has pushed the fuel to a rare premium over gasoline as dealers scramble to scoop up supplies amid fears of shortages due to Beijing's war on smog and possible tax changes.

Neste forms partnerships with four distributors to provide renewable diesel to California

Neste has announced exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California: IPC (USA), Inc.; Ramos Oil Company, Van De Pol Petroleum; and Western States Oil. Public and private fleets will now have access to a consistent and high-quality supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel through these partners.