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Downstream update: USA and Canada

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

British Columbia
Chevron has said that it will take full responsibility for the clean up of 50 litres of oil that have leaked in to the Burrard inlet. The source of the leak at the Burnaby Chevron refinery is however yet to be found. By the end of the summer the company are hoping to have pumped out and treated the pollutants.

ConocoPhillips is looking to sell some of its downstream assets. The company wishes to reduce refining capacity to 2 – 2.2 million bpd by 2012. The company will then focus on the exploration and production side of the business. Conoco expects to sell US$ 10 billion worth of assets by 2011 including its share in an oilsands project.

Marathon Oil has awarded a contract to The Shaw Group for construction management services. The contract is for a benzene reduction project at the company’s refinery in Robinson, Illinois. Shaw was in charge of project management for the feasibility study linked to this project.

Shell had planned to turn its Montreal refinery in to a fuel terminal; however, the company has received an expression of interest from an unnamed company for purchase of the facility. A deal must be made between the two companies by 5 pm on 1st June 2010.

A crude and vacuum unit at the Valero Energy Corp., owned Corpus Christi refinery was restarted on Friday. The unit was shutdown for one day of maintenance.

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