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1st November: Global refining news

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Indonesia is seeking to construct a state owned refinery in the country to help reduce dependence on foreign imports. The country are planning on building a 300 000 bpd plant by 2021. The plant will be government funded and operated by Pertamina.

It has been confirmed that maintenance work at the Min Abdulla refinery will not impact the commitments to marketing contracts it currently holds. Regular work is being carried out on the plant’s desulfurisation unit. KD 3 million is being spent on the work, which is scheduled for completion on 28th November of this year.

South Sudan
Two oil refineries in South Sudan are set to enter production within a year. This will make the country 80% independent in terms of energy demand. The first facility will be online by the end of this year and will have a processing capacity of 5000 bpd, the second is due to start by the end of next year and is expected to have a processing capacity of 17 000 bpd.

An investigation is being carried out by officials at the Phillips 66 Humber refinery after a steam leak. The leak resulted in the serious injury of two refinery employees who were airlifted to hospital in Wakefield. The investigation is being carried out by the Heath and Safety Executive and Humberside police are apparently also involved.

After the construction of a refinery in New London, Texas, was abandoned it looks like it is back on. The plant is much needed by the area to provide jobs and revenue for a community that is considered rather poor. The county was originally home to a refinery, built in 1935, but that was closed some time ago. The same facility is going to be dismantled and upgraded just one mile away from its original location in New London, according to the new people interested in the project.

Planned work has now finished at the Phillips 66 owned Borger refinery in North Texas. The facility mainly processes medium sour crude which arrives at the plant by pipeline.

Valero’s Benicia refinery has donated US$ 375 000 to 28 children’s charities. The charities have been nominated by employees at the refinery and the funds were raised through the 2013 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic which was held in April.

JX Holdings of Japan has announced that it is no longer going to participate in the expansion project at Dung Quat refinery in Vietnam. The company said they are no longer taking part in the work as Petrovietnam failed to come to an agreement with regards to terms of investment. A 49% stake was on sale to foreign investors as the country looked for funds to carry out the project which would boost the facility’s processing capacity. If the project goes through the plant will have an output of 10 million tpa, hopefully by 2015.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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