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Global downstream news update: 12th February 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. has let a service contract to Honeywell’s UOP LLC for a purifying hydrogen system at its 350 000 bpd Ruwais refinery.

The UOP Polybed PSA system will recover and purify hydrogen for Takreer’s carbon black and delayed coker project, to meet the increasing need for clean transportation fuels.


Kuwait’s central tenders committee has approved bids worth a total of US$ 12 billion for major upgrades at two oil refineries.

A consortium led by Japan’s JGC Corp won the tender for work worth 1.361 billion dinars (US$ 4.82 billion) at the Mina Ahmadi refinery.

Britain’s Petrofac is expected to do the work at the Mina Abdullah refinery, in a bid worth 1.07 billion dinars, and US based Fluor Corp. will also work on the Mina Abdullah refinery in a bid worth 962 million dinars.


The OAO Mozyr oil refinery processed 1.035 million t of oil in January, nearly 13 000 t more than planned. In comparable prices the output totaled 104.4% as against January 2013.

This year the refinery plans to process 11.7 million t of oil, an amount that will set a record for Belarus.


The Linde Group has recently signed an engineering and procurement contract for two hydrogen plants in Nizhnekamsk.

The contract was awarded by PSC TAIF-NK and is worth EUR 120 million.

‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to cooperate with PSC TAIF-NK and bring in depth expertise in hydrogen technology’, said Professor Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. ‘We are confident that this agreement will lead to further key contracts for our gases and engineering business in this important Eastern European growth market’.



CITGO employees from the Lemont refinery have ‘adopted’ 16 Romeoville familes in need, providing gifts and monetary support in order to ensure that they enjoyed a brighter Christmas.

Employees also sent personalized cards wishing each family a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday, which included US$ 400 in CITGO Gift Cards to help families offset daily travel expenses.


Calumet Montana Refining is to host a public meeting on 18th February in order to discuss their current operations and future plans. Part of this meeting will be dedicated to Calumet’s expansion project and members of the refinery’s management, project management, and contractor management will be there to answer questions.


Newspaper publisher David Black has said that his proposed C$ 21 billion (US$ 19 billion) refinery would eliminate the ‘dirty oil’ label of the Alberta oilsands bitumen.

The Kitimat refinery would employ the Fischer-Tropsch process in order to slash emissions associated with oilsands crude.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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