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Early April: Downstream news from the Americas

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Petrobras are currently in talks with Refinaria de Petroleos de Manguinhos SA to purchase their refinery in Rio de Janeiro. The company are reportedly offering US$ 1.1 billion for the plant.


From 3rd April – 6th April there is a period of flaring planned at the Carson refinery owned by BP. The flaring is part of on going maintenance work at the facility. The scheduled maintenance on the plant’s crude distillation unit started on 13th March.


Suncor Energy has been fined for air quality violations at its Denver refinery. The company has been charged US$ 2.2 million by the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment. Even though the money will be paid to the EPA it can be invested in the facility to meet environmental regulations and address the current concerns.


Flaring was reported on Saturday 31st March at ConocoPhillips’ joint venture Wood River refinery. The release was due to a malfunction in the plant’s gasoline unit.


ConocoPhillips have extended the biding deadline for the sale of its Trainer refinery in Delaware county. The plant was taken offline in January last year and the company originally announced that unless they could find a buyer by the end of March 2012 it would be permanently shutdown. There are reportedly five companies interested in purchasing the facility.


BP’s Texas City refinery reported the restart of its hydrocracker on Friday 30th March after a filing with environmental regulators. Flaring and emissions from the restart continued at the facility until Monday 2nd April.


The region’s board of supervisors has approved plans for the construction of a Piedmont BioProducts refinery in Pittsylvania county. This will be the first commercial refining facility in the county and is expected to cost US$ 10 million. The plant will produce oil from feedstock and is expected to be fully operational by the end of next year.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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