Refining and Petrochemicals

Phase One of Nigeria’s Waltersmith Refinery Reaches Commissioning Status This Week

Waltersmith Petroman Oil Ltd of Nigeria recently announced that it will inaugurate phase one of its modular style refinery in Nigeria’s Ibigwe, Imo State this week. Waltersmith announced this on social media for November 24th.

Dow and the Al-Hejailan Group Announce Joint Venture for Saudi Arabia

The Al-Hejailan Group of Saudia Arabia and Dow of the United States recently announced that it will form a joint venture for the design, construction, and eventual operation of a polyacrylic acid (PAA) and emulsion polymers plant to be placed in Saudi Arabia’s Plaschem Park. This joint venture will be headed up by Al-Hejailan with 75% ownership with Dow holding the remaining 25%.

Continental Refinery of Kentucky Plans for Biodiesel Future

Hemisphere Ltd subsidiary Continental Refining Company (CRC) of Kentucky recently announced that it is considering a full conversion of its 5,500 barrel per day crude oil refinery in Somerset, Kentucky into a biodiesel production site. This refinery was permanently idled earlier this year and had been considered for outright redevelopment before this conversion plan materialized.

PTTGCA’s ethane cracker in Ohio delays FID

PTT Global Chemical America (PTTGCA) recently announced that it has delayed a previously anticipated final investment decision (FID) for its 1.5 million tons per year (MMtpy) ethane cracker project in the Ohio River Valley. The company had planned on reaching FID in the first quarter of 2021 as recently as this past September.

Siemens Energy partners with Linde Engineering to accelerate decarbonization efforts

The downstream oil and gas industry is under intense pressure to improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, comply with strict environmental regulations, and demonstrate that it can be part of a sustainable future. At the same time, plant operators face the ever-present challenge of lowering costs and maintaining profitable operations.

Shell halves production in Singapore under its energy transition plan

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced that its long running complex on the small island of Pulau Bukom in Singapore will reduce its 500,000 barrel per day production by half as the company continues to implement its plan to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050.

BP, Orsted launch green hydrogen project at German oil refinery

BP and Danish renewable energy group Orsted have partnered to develop zero-carbon hydrogen at a German oil refinery, BP's first full-scale project in a sector that is expected to grow rapidly.

McDermott wins contract for large Russian ethane cracking project

McDermott International, Ltd recently announced it had secured the upcoming phase for the large ethane cracker project from China National Chemical Engineering & Construction Corporation Seven, Ltd (CC7).

Shell announces it will close the Convent refinery in Louisiana

Royal Dutch Shell announced on Thursday afternoon that it plans to shut down its Convent refinery in Louisiana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This closure is expected this month and will be the largest facility in the United States to close since the pandemic began its effect on the economy.

BASF and its partners place $4 billion petrochemical complex in India on hold

BASF of Germany announced that a multipurpose petrochemicals complex in India under planning with ADNOC, Adani, and Borealis AG has been placed on hold due to the ongoing global economic challenges caused by COVID-19. A statement from the company said that the pandemic effect has “led the partners to review the timing for undertaking this investment.” No new possible startup date was given at this time.

Tough decisions loom for Australian refiners

Operating refineries in Australia have been operating at loss level measures due to the impact felt nationally from the pandemic driven destruction demand, even as the country comes out of lockdown and government assistance begins to form. The GEI Data Warehouse is tracking four refineries in the country that are having to make hard choices on whether they keep operating, convert to terminal operations, or possibly shut in altogether.

Baker Hughes signs agreement to acquire Compact Carbon Capture technology

Baker Hughes has announced it is acquiring Compact Carbon Capture (3C), a pioneering technology development company specializing in carbon capture solutions. The acquisition underpins Baker Hughes’ strategic commitment to lead in the energy transition by providing decarbonization solutions for carbon-intensive industries, including oil and gas and broader industrial operations.

Oman’s Duqm petrochemical project postponed for now

The Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company (DRPIC) of Oman stated recently that the petrochemical portion of its Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Complex has paused its progress. The COVID-19 effect on the company’s economics has been called the likely reason for this postponement.

Samsung Engineering signs on for next phase of Mexico’s Dos Bocas Refinery

Samsung recently announced that its consortium comprised of Samsung Ingenieria Manzanillo, S.A. de C.V. and Asociados Constructores DBNR, S.A. de C.V. (AC DBNR) have been awarded a $3.6 billion contract for the next phase of work at the Dos Bocas Refinery. This refinery is located at the Dos Bocas Harbor in Mexico’s Tabasco State.

Shell Catalysts & Technologies launches the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process

Shell Catalysts & Technologies is launching the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process, which integrates proven technologies to increase significantly the affordability of greenfield projects for “blue” hydrogen production from natural gas along with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). Affordable blue hydrogen enables the decarbonization of hard-to-abate heavy industries while creating value for refiners and resource holders.

Shell announces plans to reduce its refining portfolio

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced that it plans to reduce its refinery portfolio down to a count of six as the company plans to increase its lower carbon projects and to further support future cash planning. A time frame was not specified but could be completed in the next five years.

ULSFO refinery in Duqm expected to proceed

Canada Business Holdings (CBH) recently announced that the company will go ahead with its plans for an ultra-low sulfur fuel oil (ULSFO) refinery in Oman’s Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Renewable refinery conversions increase across Europe

The energy transition continues across the globe as Preem AB of Sweden recently announced that it is indeed proceeding with its newly announced plan to convert the long-running Lysekil refinery into what is designed to become the largest renewable fuel facility in Scandinavia.

Nigeria’s Waltersmith modular refinery moves closer to startup

Phase one of the anticipated Waltersmith modular refinery in Nigeria is reportedly imminent, as pre-commissioning has been completed, according to Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). This facility is in Nigeria’s Ibigwe, Ohayi/Egbema Imo State, and is slated to begin by the end of the year with a capacity for 5,000 barrels per day.

"Yes, Joe Biden really does want to end America’s oil and gas industry," says Gulf Energy Information CEO

The Biden energy plan has dire consequences for the oil and gas industry and the American economy.

Chevron Phillips Chemical delays the FID on its Gulf Coast petrochemical project

Chevron Phillip Chemical (CP Chem) has reportedly chosen to delay a final investment decision (FID) on a proposed 2 million ton per year ethane cracker and a 2 million ton per year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit with its partner Qatar Petroleum.

Crude Oil to Chemicals technology: a revolution for the petrochemicals industry

Refiners are looking to integrate petrochemical activity into their production in a big way. Crude-oil-to-chemicals (COTC) projects will be a powerful tool for refiners looking to maximize chemical production through increasingly efficient technology expected to consistently improve in chemical yields from the crude feedstock.

Formosa Plastics postpones construction on its Sunshine petrochemicals project in Louisiana

Formosa Plastics subsidiary FG LA LLC recently announced that it has chosen to defer the primary construction at the two-phase Sunshine petrochemicals project in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The negative effects on the industry caused by COVID-19 was named as the cause for delay.

Rising demand for hydrogen attracts interest of U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical companies

U.S. petrochemical companies that already produce hydrogen as a by-product in processes like ethane cracking or while making chlorine are exploring new revenue possibilities.

SABIC and Saudi Aramco are reevaluating their plans for the upcoming Yanbu COTC project

SABIC recently announced that it was reevaluating and likely expanding its vision for the crude oil-to-chemicals (COTC) project in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia with the integration of existing infrastructure.

Marathon begins permit approval process for Martinez renewable diesel conversion

Marathon Petroleum recently announced that it has begun the permit application process for the conversion of its idle Martinez refinery into a renewable diesel facility.

As COVID-19 conditions persist, some struggling refineries are trending towards renewable diesel conversions to survive

With the continuing pandemic driven reduction in fuel demand, refineries in North America have worked to survive in ways ranging from reducing production, additional maintenance scheduling, and the permanent shutting in of some complexes altogether. But another direction has begun to persist in North America and abroad with the decision to convert aging refineries away from traditional crude oil production into renewable diesel plants.

Shell’s Pennsylvania Chemicals project reaches 70% completion status

Shell recently announced that it was making strong progress on a 1.5 million ton per year ethane cracker and polyethylene project underway in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

Sinopec announces start of ethylene production at new facility in Zhanjiang

Sinopec recently announced that it has started up production at its 800,000 tons per year ethylene facility at the Zhanjiang refinery complex in Zhanjiang, China.

Petron of the Philippines is considering shutting down its 180,000 bpd Bataan refinery

Petron of the Phillippines could potentially permananty shutter its 180,000 b/d Bataan refinery as it pushes for more government support. This decision could make the country 100% reliant on imported oil products.