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1 May 2014: global downstream news

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Petrobras has said that it will not sell the refinery it owns on Okinawa Island, Japan this year. Brazilian owned plant has a processing capacity of 100 000 bpd and its sale is still however part of the company’s divestment plan.


Local residents of Launglon Township in the Taninthayi region of Myanmar staged a protest on 29 April against the construction of an oil refinery in the area. The proposed 5 million tap facility will be a joint venture between Union of Myanmar Economic Holding Ltd, Htoo Trading Ltd and GTZR of China.


The Nigerian Joint Task Force (JTF) has announced that it has destroyed 9 illegal refineries and impounded a barge which is full of suspected stolen crude in multiple raids. The raids were carried our over the last 10 days and all involved have been handed over to the prosecuting agency for further investigation.


Orpic was part of a signing ceremony with a consortium of 21 international and national financial institutions on 29 April. At the ceremony signings were made for a US$ 2.8 billion loan to finance 65% of the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project.


PBF Energy has announced intentions to add crude by rail offloading facilities at the Toledo refinery, Ohio. The company wants to unload 160 000 bpd to increase crude sourcing flexibility throughout the company’s three refineries and this is part of that plan.

Global Partners LP has announced that it will voluntarily begin requiring compliance with CPC-1232 rail car design standards for all crude oil unit trains arriving at its East and West Coast terminals. The program will be phased in at Global’s crude by rail receiving facilities in Albany, NY and Clatskanie, Ore. Starting 1 June 2014.

Williams Partners has brought back into service two cryogenic processing trains that were shut down last week when a fire occurred at TXP-3, one of the five processing trains at the plant in Wyoming. The two units are now back in service, TXP-1 and TXP-2, have a combined design processing capacity of 395 million ft3/d of gas.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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