Refining

China may extend refined fuel export quota into next year

China may tweak a proposed sharp increase in refined fuel export quotas for this year by extending the plan into next year, as it weighs the benefits to the economy of higher exports against low domestic stocks and operational challenges.

bp layoffs at Ohio refinery after fire indicate prolonged shutdown

bp laid off most contractors at the approximately 160,000 barrel-per-day Toledo, Ohio, refinery it owns with Cenovus Energy Inc, indicating that the plant will experience a prolonged shutdown following last week's explosion and fire.

Strikes knock already struggling French refined products sector

More than 60% of France's refining capacity is offline as strikes over pay and unplanned maintenance pile pressure on the refined products sector.

BASF and GS Engineering and Construction intend to jointly develop modular solutions for carbon capture

The partners want to develop individual package solutions from standardized elements for customers from all industries in order to remove CO2 from exhaust gases and process it so that it can be further utilized or stored.

Strike action, outages in France's refined product sector

France's refined products sector is under strain as a result of strike action over pay and unplanned maintenance which have led to more than 40% of its refining capacity being taken offline.

Niger suspends oil product deliveries to Mali, except for U.N.

Niger has temporarily stopped issuing authorizations for oil product deliveries to neighboring Mali unless they are destined to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, the government said.

Argentine oil workers strike after refinery explosion kills three

Argentina's largest oil union said it launched an indefinite strike on Thursday after an explosion at a refinery in the western province of Neuquen killed three.

Galp's Sines refinery to shut down for 25 days in October

Portugal's 220,000 barrels per day Sines refinery, owned by Galp Energia, will shut down for 25 days starting on a yet unspecified date in October for planned maintenance.

Cameroon and oil trader Vitol reach agreement over refinery debt restructure

Cameroon's national oil refining company, SONARA, has reached a deal with oil trader Vitol to restructure its commercial debt towards the Dutch energy and commodity trading company.

Repsol to begin two-month turnaround at Tarragona oil refinery in Spain

Spanish energy giant Repsol is investing 100 MM euros to reduce emissions at its 186,000 bpd Tarragona refinery in Spain, which begins two months of maintenance at the end of the week.