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The Mombasa refinery owned by Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd will know its fate by June this year. The refinery will either benefit from a US$ 795 million upgrade or be closed down. The future of the facility is under discussion as the cost of the upgrade has increased from US$ 450 million and there is no secure investment money for the additional US$ 350 million needed.


Wepec has announced plans to carryout maintenance work at its refinery from mid February until early April. The entire facility will be overhauled and exports from the 200 800 bpd facility will be cut dramatically during March.

The Bangkok refinery owned by Bangchak Peroleum Plc will be closed for maintenance earlier than planned. This is due to a fire that broke out in a unit that upgrades fuel to diesel on Friday 14th January.


The new refinery Shell are currently constructing in Pernis, the Netherlands have awarded a contract to Harsco Corp. The US$ 9 million contract is for insulation services and scaffolding. Once complete the facility will produce ultra low sulfur fuel.

Latin America

Two new units are going to be constructed at the Petrobras owned Alberto Pasqualini Refinery (Refap). The diesel hydrotreating unit will be able to process 6000 m3/d of low diesel fuel. The new hydrogen general unit will be able to process 1.25 million m3/d of hydrogen.

The crude processing facility at the Bahrain Petroleum Co. refinery will experience a partial shutdown for maintenance. The maintenance will begin on February 16th and will finish in early April. Production at the 267 000 bpd facility will temporarily be disrupted by the work.


The McKee refinery, Texas will undergo maintenance in April. Valero Energy Corp., the refinery owners were originally going to idle the hydrocracker for 24 days in March. There has been no reason given as to why the maintenance work has been moved.

On 14th January, Western Refining Inc. began maintenance work at its El Paso, Texas refinery. The facility is going to be affected for 15 days.

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