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Weekend catch up: Global refining news

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Petrobras has shut down a refinery in the south of the country, to make repairs following a fire at the facility earlier last week. The Presidente Getulio Vargas refinery is responsible for producing 10% of the country’s crude oil and is expected to be back online on 17th December.


AMEC has been awarded a contract by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The contract is for project engineering and management services at the Mina Al Ahmadi, Mina Abdullah and Shuaibaoil refineries. The £ 158 million contract is for five years and has an extension option of an additional year.


The CEO of Pemex has announced that the company needs to invest US$ 40 billion over the next six years to expand its refining capacity. At the moment the country is one of the world’s largest oil producers but it imports fuel to keep up with domestic demand as the country’s refinery network is limited.


The US Export-Import Bank has authorised a loan of approximately US$ 641 million to build a refinery in Turkey. The facility is expected to be online in 2017 and will be built using American made equipment.


Phillips 66 and WRB Refining, Borger, Texas are going to pay US$ 300 000 for the death of migratory birds. In August 2012, the US Fish and Wildlife Service filed a complaint when approximately 278 waterfowl were killed. The cause of death seemed to be contamination from the refinery’s underground salt done of a brine water pond.

A fire broke out at the Sinclair oil refinery, Wyoming on Friday 6th December and burned for 7 hours. No one was hurt in the blaze which began in the plant’s alkylation unit. The fire is being investigated by the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Heath Administration which has already fined Sinclair nearly US$ 1 million in recent years due to violations.


Hyundai Engineering & Construction has signed a US$ 2.3 billion contract with PDVSA. Under the contract Hyundai will complete phase 1 of the construction of the Batalla Santa Ines refinery and a 40 km motorway connecting the facility to Barinas city. The contract was won jointly with Wison Engineering of China. Hyundai will receive US$ 1.4 billion of the contract value.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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