Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas Processing

Parkland announces plans to expand co-processing activities and build British Columbia’s largest renewable diesel complex

Parkland Corporation announced plans to increase renewable fuel production at its Burnaby Refinery in British Columbia.

BP and Clean Planet Energy Reach Agreement to Help Advance the Circular Plastics Economy

bp has signed a ten-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company that is developing facilities to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and also into ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD). Clean Planet Energy designs and builds facilities – which they refer to as ecoPlants – that are expected to process plastics typically rejected by traditional recycling centres and so would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.

TA’ZIZ and Reliance Sign Shareholder Agreement for Ruwais Chemicals Project

Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (TA’ZIZ) and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), have signed the formal Shareholder Agreement for the TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC project. Reliance is India’s largest diversified conglomerate and a strategic partner with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, in TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC, a world-scale chemicals development at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais. The TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC joint venture will construct and operate a Chlor-Alkali, Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) production facility, with a total investment of over $2 billion (AED 7.34 billion).

LyondellBasell Announces Plans to Exit Refining Business

LyondellBasell has announced its decision to cease operation of its Houston Refinery no later than December 31, 2023. In the interim, the Company will continue serving the fuels market, which is expected to remain strong in the near-term, and consider potential transactions and alternatives for the site.

Massive Nigerian Refinery Due Online by the end of 2022

The privately owned Dangote refinery currently under construction in Nigeria is expected online by the end of the year, according to recent comments from Dangote Group Executive Devakumar Edwin. This complex will have a total capacity for 650,000 barrels per day upon completion.

Cespa will invest over 7 billion euros in its transformation this decade to lead the energy transition on the Iberia Peninsula

Cepsa today presented its new 2030 Strategy, 'Positive Motion', to become a leader in sustainable mobility and energy in Spain and Portugal, and a benchmark in energy transition. With this strategy, the company will focus on the needs of its customers, who face their own challenges in decarbonizing their activities.

ExxonMobil LAO production unit progresses toward commercial startup in mid-2023

– ExxonMobil announced that construction of the new linear alpha olefins (LAO) manufacturing unit at its Baytown, Texas, integrated petrochemical complex is progressing and targeting commercial start up in mid-2023. When fully operational, the new facility will have the capacity to produce approximately 350,000 metric tons of LAO annually.

Aramco JV to Develop Major Refinery and Petrochemical Complex in China

Aramco has taken the final investment decision to participate in the development of a major integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in Northeast China. Huajin Aramco Petrochemical Company (HAPCO), a joint venture between Aramco, North Huajin Chemical Industries Group Corporation and Panjin Xincheng Industrial Group, will develop the liquids-to-chemicals complex.

Online Exclusive (Opinion): Security for U.S. and Europe begins with new energy policy

It is high time that the U.S. forges a new energy policy based on facts and common sense. Before Tuesday’s decision to halt the import of Russian oil and gas, the Biden Administration had put more sanctions on U.S. oil and gas than on Russian oil and gas. Public lands have been made off-limits for drilling. The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, and restrictions on other pipelines, have blocked the efficient U.S. distribution and export of energy. FERC approvals and EPA requirements have hampered the development of several gas export projects. Only the Russian assault on Ukraine has stopped Nord Stream 2, and that from Germany—not the U.S.

ExxonMobil planning hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage at Baytown complex

ExxonMobil said today it is planning a hydrogen production plant and one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage projects at its integrated refining and petrochemical site at Baytown, Texas, supporting efforts to reduce emissions from company operations and local industry.

Shell intends to exit equity partnerships held with Gazprom entities

The Board of Shell plc (“Shell”) today announced its intention to exit its joint ventures with Gazprom and related entities, including its 27.5 percent stake in the Sakhalin-II liquefied natural gas facility, its 50 percent stake in the Salym Petroleum Development and the Gydan energy venture. Shell also intends to end its involvement in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Borouge Successfully Starts Up its Fifth Polyproplyene Unit in Ruwais, Boosting Annual Polyolefin Capacity to Meet Growing Global Demand

Borouge, a joint venture between ADNOC and Borealis that provides innovative, value creating polyolefin solutions, has announced the successful start-up of its new fifth polypropylene unit (PP5) in Ruwais. The new unit will contribute to boosting the UAE’s production of polypropylene to meet the growing global demand for manufactured products in the recyclable advanced packaging, infrastructure and other industrial sectors.

Lummus Technology to Add CDAlky Technology to Large Complex in China

Lummus Technology of Texas recently announced that it has been contracted by the Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China’s Nanshan Group, for the provision of their proprietary CDAlky technology in an upcoming alkylation unit. This 400 KTA alkylation unit will be part of the significant Shandong Yulong Refining and Petrochemical integrated Complex under development in the Shandong Province of China.

USA BioEnergy to Construct Biorefinery in Texas

USA BioEnergy of Arizona recently announced that its subsidiary, Texas Renewable Fuels, is indeed developing a new biorefinery to located in the unincorporated area of Bon Weir, Texas. This announcement was made with Texas Governor Greg Abbott for this project.

Technip Energies Wins EPCC Contract with Petronas

Technip Energies has recently been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract by PETRONAS Chemicals Fertilizer Kedah (PC FK), a subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad for the company’s upcoming melamine plant to be integrated into their existing complex in Gurun, Kedah, Malaysia. Dialog E&C of Malaysia is also part of this contract with Technip Energies.

Samsung Engineering Signs on for EP Duties at the Baltic Chemical Complex

Samsung Engineering of South Korea recently announced that it had signed a I billion Euro contract with China National Chemical Engineering & Construction Corporation Seven (CC7) for the engineering and procurement needs at a developing ethane cracker in Ust-Luga. This cracker project is part of the significant Baltic Chemical Complex at the Gulf of Finland near the Ust-Luga seaport.

BPCL Cancels Polyols Project in Kochi

The Bharat Petroleum Corporation of India (BPCL) recently decided to cease the development of its polyols petrochemical project in Kochi, India and instead focus on a new development of polypropylene production at the site. Cost overruns for the polyols project were cited as reasons for the change in direction.

Maire Tecnimont Wins EPC Contract for Rosneft VGO Project

Maire Tecnimont recently announced that its subsidiaries Tecnimont S.p.A and MT Russia LLC have signed onto an EPC contract for the upcoming Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) Hydrocracking Complex at the Rosneft owned Ryazan Refining Company site in Russia. This €1.1 billion contract follows the prior agreement signed by Maire Tecnimont and Rosneft and announced in October 2021.

Large Nigerian Refinery Due Online by End of 2022

The 650,000 barrel per day Dangote refinery in Nigeria is currently going through test runs for a full startup in the second half of 2022, according to Dangote company officials. Precommissioning for some production units began late last year.

Gulf Coast Growth Ventures Petrochemical Project in Texas Starts Up

ExxonMobil and SABIC have jointly announced that their Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) project in San Patricio County, Texas has begun its operations. The ownership interests in this petrochemical complex are evenly divided between the two companies, with ExxonMobil serving as site operator.

LyondellBasell Wins Licensing Agreement for Indonesian Petrochemical Plant

LyondellBasell of the Netherlands recently announced that it will provide its Spheripol processing technology for PT Polytama Propindo’s upcoming expansion of polypropylene production at their existing site in Indonesia.

Haldor Topsoe to support Indaba Renewable Fuels’ production of SAF

Indaba Renewable Fuels (Indaba) will build two greenfield refineries in California and Missouri to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) utilizing Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology. The facilities are expected to begin production of SAF in 2024 and will have a capacity of 6,500 bpd at each location.

PT Pertamina’s Balikpapan RDMP Continues Strong Progress

PT Pertamina of Indonesia recently updated the status of its upcoming Balikpapan Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) in Balikpapan, Indonesia as being on track to begin operations in 2024.

Indonesia’s LINE Project Assigns EPC Duties

LOTTE Chemical recently announced that its subsidiary, PT LOTTE Chemical Indonesia that it will be assigning engineering, procurement, and construction contracts for the company’s upcoming $3.95 billion dollar Lotte Chemical Indonesia New Ethylene (“LINE”) petrochemical project in Merak, Cilegon, Banten Province, Indonesia.

Irkutsk Petrochemical Projects in Siberia to be Financed by JBIC

In late December 2021, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) announced a buyer’s credit agreement worth approximately $522 million USD, which was co-financed by the Japanese arms of Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Goldman Sachs Realty, which brought total funding for two upcoming petrochemical projects spearheaded by Irkutsk Oil up to $871 million dollars.

DL E&C of Korea Signs on for Work at Ust-Luga Gas Chemical Complex

According to a recent regulatory filing, DL E&C has been contracted by RusGazDobycha for the purpose of providing design and equipment procurement services for the upcoming Baltic Gas Chemical Complex portion of the massive gas processing, liquefaction, and chemical production complex under development in Russia’s Ust-Luga area.

Hyundai Engineering Signs on for FEED duties at Indonesian Petrochemical Project

Hyundai Engineering of South Korea announced recently that it has won a contract with PT Pertamina to provide front end engineering design (FEED) services for the state-run company’s TPPI Olefin project in Tuban, Indonesia.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Plans New Propylene Unit in Texas

Chevron Phillips Chemical has announced that it will expand upon its propylene business in the Gulf Coast with the addition of a new C3 splitter unit. This new unit will be located in Baytown, Texas at the company’s existing Cedar Bayou complex.

Refinery Developments Rebound in 2021

2021 brought an anticipated rebound in oil demand as driving activity increased throughout the year and lockdowns from the pandemic eased, along with the seasonal demands for heating as things returned to some level of normalcy in many ways. The resiliency of the industry was tested early this past February when the state of Texas encountered a series of winter storms that put a third of U.S. refining capacity offline for a short time. This event could have been viewed as a harbinger of continuing difficulties for the industry, following the events of 2020 that had already seen approximately 2.3 million barrels per day of refining capacity shut in. Despite this, countries around the world pushed projects forward in different ways and in varying sizes in the face of the emerging energy transition and from potential overcapacity in some regions.

Oriental Energy Starts Up Twin PP Lines in Ningbo, China

Oriental Energy of China has begun operations of two 400,000 tons per year polypropylene (PP) lines at its site in Ningbo, China. W.R. Grace & Co. provided its proprietary UNIPOL technology for these two production lines.