Refining and Petrochemicals

Exxon’s Huizhou Petrochemical Complex Moves Ahead with Sinopec

State-owned Sinopec Engineering of China has signed on to Exxon’s planned Huizhou petrochemical complex in Huizhou, China for basic design, engineering, procurement and construction work. This contract covers the initial phase for this complex.

First Ever Commercial Scale Alkylation Unit Starts Up in Utah

Honeywell announced on the 13th of April that that the commissioning and start-up procedures for the ISOALKY process unit at Chevron’s Salt Lake City refinery have been completed. This process unit is the first of its kind in the world on a commercial scale and is being touted as a major innovation in this type of technology.

W.R. Grace Licenses its UNIPOL PP Process Technology for Uzbekistan’s MTO Complex

W.R. Grace of Maryland recently announced that it has indeed licensed its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to Enter Engineering of Singapore for the upcoming Methanol to Olefins (MTO) Gas Chemical Complex in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan.

Indian Oil Corporation contracts Technip Energies for Barauni Refinery Upgrade

Technip Energies has recently been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) contract for Indian Oil’s expansion project at the Barauni complex in eastern India, named the BR9 expansion. The contract value was not specified, but it was deemed as a “significant” project, which Technip classifies as a contract between €50 million and €250 million.

Nigeria’s Port Harcourt Refinery Rehab Project Picks up Pace

In late March, the Nigerian Federal Executive Council approved approximately $1.5 billion in spending for the rehabilitation and modernization of the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex.

Nigeria’s Duport Modular Refinery Expected by Year’s End

Duport Midstream Company Limited of Lagos announced in late March that its upcoming modular refinery in Nigeria’s Edo State would indeed be ready for commissioning in the fourth quarter of this year. This project is being implemented by Duport alongside the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

Refinery Closures in Australia to Force Even More Import Reliance

BP is scheduled to shut in its long running 146,000 barrel per day Kwinana refinery in Western Australia by the end of March.

Ratnagiri Refinery Could be on the Move Again

The large $44 billion Ratnagiri Refinery project under planning in India has once again been discussed as a candidate for moving its potential location, this time away from the Nanar village in the Ratnagiri district.

Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex Charges Ahead

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex under construction near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta appears to be continuing towards its planned startup in 2022. Project operator Inter Pipeline recently rejected what it called a hostile takeover bid from Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP of Toronto.

Pakistan Poised for Progress with Saudi Aramco’s $10 billion “Oil City” in Gwadar

It was recently reported that Pakistan will indeed begin plans for a significant refinery complex to be built in Balochistan’s Gwadar district.

Integrated Complex for Indonesia Picks Up New Contract with Shell

Pertamina and Rosneft joint venture, PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia (PT PRPP), has reportedly let a contract to Royal Dutch Shell’s Shell Catalysts & Technologies to cover technology licensing and basic engineering services in late February. This work is intended for PT PRPP’s upcoming integrated refinery and petrochemical complex to be placed in Tuban, Indonesia.

Texas Freeze Could Bolster a Growing Recovery with New Demand

A historic arctic freeze that quickly spread over the state of Texas has caused short-term ceases in production for several refineries.

New Zealand Could Lose its Final Refinery

Refining NZ of New Zealand was recently reported in saying that its Marsden Point Refinery in Northland is under consideration for conversion into an import terminal by 2022. This would leave the country with no known refining capacity.

ExxonMobil Plans to Complete its Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Project by Year’s End

ExxonMobil recently reduced its capex figures for this year, but despite an expected reduction down to $16 billion to $19 billion it is pushing some projects forward. The company’s venture with SABIC for a large ethane cracker and its derivate units are now anticipated for a 2021 startup, rather than the previous expectations for 2022.

Two Total and Borealis led Petrochemical Ventures in Texas Expected for Startup in 2021 and 2022

Two planned petrochemical units led by a Total and OMV-owned Borealis joint venture have updated their expected start times in Texas.

Exxon Expected to Close its Altona Refinery in Australia

Exxon Mobil announced on February 9th that it plans to shut in production at its long-running Altona refinery in Victoria. This decision comes as the country’s refiners continue to deal with low demand.

Canada’s Come-by-Chance Refinery Seeing New Bids to Return as a Renewable Facility

According to recent reports, private firm Cresta Fund Management has placed an offer to purchase a majority stake in North Atlantic Refining LTD, who owns the presently idle 135,000 barrel per day Come-by-Chance refinery in Newfoundland. This refinery was one of the first sites in North America to shut in after the COVID-19 pandemic began to weaken demand.

Maire Tecnimont SpA Signs on for Two New EPC Contracts at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Refinery

Maire Tecnimont SpA of Italy announced on February 3, 2021 that two of its subsidiaries will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services as part of the modernization program underway at the Heydar Aliyev Oil refinery in Baku, Azerbaijan.

U.S. Refiners Look Towards Renewable New Hopes

After seeing demand devastation in 2020 refiners in the United States are starting this year with new talk around the growth of renewable fuels to bolster their future in this ever-changing fuel scenario.

Chevron Lummus Global Awarded Contract for NRL Expansion Project

Scope includes technology license, basic engineering services, proprietary equipment and catalyst supply, training and technical services Award highlights the third licensed unit in India employing CLG's LC-FINING platform Plant to upgrade vacuum residue and clarified oil from existing and new units

Limetree Bay Ventures Commences Refinery Startup Operations

Limetree Bay Ventures, LLC, a world-class refinery, terminal and logistics hub controlled by EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”), today announced that Limetree Bay Refining (“the Refinery”) has successfully resumed operations and begun production and commercial sales of refined products.

Gas Projects in the U.S. Face Increasing Opposition in 2021

As 2021 began, a few projects in the United States quickly faced delays and challenges to their progress.

Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery considers solar to help meet power needs

The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery is seeking bids for the construction of a large-scale solar development on the company’s property in Rosemount, Minnesota, to help meet the refinery’s electrical power needs and lower its energy costs. The 30-megawatt solar development would be among the largest of its kind in the nation where all the power is generated and consumed by a single business. The company has requested bids from select solar companies that specialize in building commercial-scale solar farms and integrating them within established operations. A decision on whether to proceed with the project is expected by mid-year 2021.

LyondellBasell and Sinopec Finalize JV for PO/SM Plant in China

LyondellBasell announced on the 26th of January that it has signed an agreement with Sinopec of China for the formation of a 50:50 joint venture for the specific purpose of installing a propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) project in China's domestic market. Plans for this operation actually began back in late 2019.

BPCL Places Polyol Plant in Kochi on Hold

According to recent reports, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has placed a planned polyol production plant on hold at the Kochi facilities in Kerala. The company has been undergoing a privatization process and has ceased progress on this plan until it is settled.

Private Refinery in Louisiana Expected to Restart in February

Calcasieu Refining of Louisiana recently announced that it plans to restart its idled Calcasieu refinery in early February 2021. Production had been shut in since mid-2020.

Additional Petrochemical Investments in Burghausen Refinery

OMV, the integrated, international oil, gas and petrochemicals company headquartered in Vienna, is expanding and modernizing its cracker units and petrochemical cold section at its Burghausen Refinery in Germany. The measures aim to increase the site’s ethylene and propylene production capacity. Following the planned turnaround of the refinery, the upgraded units are expected to go live in the third quarter of 2022, whereby the initial groundwork is already underway.

Refinery Closures Continue as Imports Grow in Australia

BP’s Kwinana oil refinery, the largest in Australia with a capacity for 146,000 barrels per day, is expected to shut in its production this year, resulting in a reduction of over one-fifth of the country’s fuel production ability. Once production is shut in, BP plans to convert the facility into an import terminal for a country growing increasingly reliant upon imported fuel.

UAE Energy Minister believes oil demand could recover by the end of 2021

According to recent reports, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei has commented on a potentially updated timeline for a return to form for global oil demand. He believes that global demand will make a somewhat optimistic return to pre-pandemic level by the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Wood secures $120 million contract for ethylene expansion in China

Wood has secured a contract valued at over $120 million with Sinopec Hainan Refining and Chemical Limited Company (Sinopec) to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to expand its refinery development in the Hainan Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in South China.