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Global downstream news: 1 October 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


A butane gas leak at the Grangemouth refinery sparked a major safety alert. Pupils at nearby schools were instructed to remains inside until it was deemed safe however the all clear was given a short time later.


Tupras has let a contract to AVEVA Solutions Ltd. to provide software technology to be used in a major brownfield modernization program designed to maximise production, increase safety, and extend the life of Tupras’ four refineries.

AVEVA will deliver its proprietary AVEVA Everythimg3D, AVEVA Diagrams, AVEVA Electrical, and AVEVA laser data software to capture Tupras’ existing assets as well as create as built design documents and schematic products to help Tupras meet the refinery revamp and modification project schedules.



The Phillips 66 refinery wants to add oil trains to its operation. The refinery want to bring in up to five trains with 80 railcars per train to transport crude oil. It would have to add 44 000 ft of track on the property mear Nipomo in order to do so.

The refinery held an open house about the project on Tuesday night so that the locals could ask questions and share their concerns.


A small fire broke out at a Southeast Side refinery early on Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported around 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Calumet Refinery. Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the blaze.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and partner Sinpec Group plan to start a main refinery unit for making gasoline from crude at a joint venture plant at Yanbu on the Red Sea next year.

The partners will start the plant’s hydrocracker by mid 2015 and begin producing gasoline next year. The refinery will produce low sulfur diesel for export and have the fuel available for sale next year. 

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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