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North American downstream update: early August

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KBR Inc. has one a contract for the front end engineering and design (FEED) at an undisclosed refinery in the US Midwest. The contract is for a revamp project and will refurbish on of the oldest refineries in operation in the country. The first phase of the contract is for a feasibility study which will establish the optimum economic configuration for the plant to process heavy crudes. The unnamed refinery currently only has the capacity to process light sweet feedstocks.


Calumet Speciality Products Partners LP has announced that it will create new jobs at its Great Falls refinery. Approximately 30 permanent jobs will be created at the facility over the next two years as US$ 275 million is invested in the plant. Additional capacity will be added to the Montana refinery to enable it to produce greater amounts of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and diluent. The work, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2015 will at 10 000 bpd of processing capacity to the facility.


Husky Energy has voiced that it is considering plans to revamp its Lima refinery. Preliminary engineering designs for the project will be sanctioned in the third quarter of this year and, if approved will enable to plant to process up to 40 000 bpd of Canadian heavy crude. Under the revamp project, existing process units would be upgraded and new equipment to help handle heavy crudes would be installed by 2017.

At 2:30 am on 4th August PBF Energy Inc. announced that its Toledo Refinery, Oregon, Ohio experienced an electrical outage. The appropriate government departments were informed of the outage and no injuries or community impacts associated with the power loss were reported.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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