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Oil and gas industry announcements: 8 Sept 2014

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Caltex Australia is investing AUS$ 5 million towards expanding its national bulk lubricants storage and distribution network, including the construction of a new facility in Welshpool, Western Australia. The lubricants, grease and coolants supplier is building the distribution centre and bulk storage facility in the Perth industrial suburb to ensure a dedicated supply chain for customers in Western Australia.

Caltex, the country’s only locally listed and managed fuel and lubricants supplier, also recently carried out approximately AUS$ 2 million in upgrades at its Brisbane facility, which remains the largest grease manufacturing and lubricants blending facility in Australia.

Phil Amos, National Manager of Business to Business Sales, said, ‘the Welshpool facility will mainly be supplied with products from our Lytton manufacturing plant and supplemented by imports from Thailand and Singapore. The site will be capable of loading the full range of trucks, from small rigids to B-Doubles ensuring efficient logistics arrangements for our customers, including the Pilbara and Goldfields based mining industries. Caltex is also investing in its back end systems to improve customer service, including aspects such as ordering and invoicing.’

CHS Inc.

CHS Inc. is to invest US$ 406 million in its Laurel, Montana refinery to boost efficiency and increase diesel production. The investments consist of related projects, some of which will begin this fall, and are expected to be completed in phases through 2019. The investment includes a new hydrogen plant and crude unit modifications that will increase crude oil throughput and increase diesel production and hydrocracker modifications that will increase diesel production, reduce production interruptions, and allow the refinery to process additional crudes.

Jay Debertin, executive vice president an CEO, Energy and Foods at CHS said, ‘these projects, along with all of our ongoing major refining, distribution and storage investments, underscore our continued commitment to building the CHS energy platform. We are dedicated to providing long term dependable supplies of quality refined fuels products that help our owners and rural customers grow.’

Graham Corporation

Graham Corporation has secured four new orders totalling approximately US$ 7.5 million for oil refining and chemical industry projects. Graham, which has significant market share in China for distillation column vacuum systems for oil refineries, will engineer and manufacture an ejector system for a new oil refinery currently under construction in China. The ejector system is scheduled for shipment in approximately 12 months.

Two separate orders are for US petrochemical facilities investing in incremental capacity as a result of the availability of low cost natural gas that serves as a primary feedstock and energy source for the petrochemical plants. Each plant requires steam surface condensers and planned shipment is within 12 months. The fourth project being announced is for a liquid ring compressor package for an upgrader application in the Canadian oilsands region. This package will be shipped in approximately 18 months.

Smith Flow Control

Smith Flow Control (SFC) has added Jordons MED Engineering Co., Ltd. to its distributor network in China. Located in Shanghai, Jordons serves key industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, electric power and pharmaceuticals, offering a complete suite of services, from equipment procurement to engineering design, project management, project contracting and services.

Mike Fynes, Sales and Marketing Director, SFC said, ‘as process safety and human factors engineering becomes a priority in China, valve interlocks and drive products are now extensively used on projects all over the country, including the West to East pipeline. We’re delighted to add Jordans to our sales channels in China which already include two Beijing based distributors and a sales office in Beijing. We have plans for further expansion and will be investing in more people.’

Edited from various press releases by Claira Lloyd

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