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Hydrocarbon Engineering,


A worker has suffered severe burns at the Alcoa Pinjarra refinery after an accident involving caustic soda. The spill occurred in the precipitation area of the refinery and the man was taken to hospital in Perth.


Indian Oil Corp has announced plans to spend Rs 7650 crore in a petrochemical complex at the almost complete Paradip refinery. The company is looking to make the investment within the next 3 – 4 years to produce propylene at the facility.


The Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (INAplas) has said that the country is in line to become self sufficient in the production of olefins and other petrochemical products by 2020. This is due to the continued construction of new petrochemical plants in the country as well as the expansion of existing projects that is underway. It is expected that in the next 3 – 5 years alone, production capacity will increase by 3. 9 million tpy.


Following a strong earthquake, Idemitsu Kosan Co. announced on Friday 14th March that it had shut all units at the Tokuyama refinery. A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Kyushu, near the city of Oita.


The Nigerian Navy has announced that it has destroyed 260 illegal refineries and burned 100 000 t of fuel that is considered to be contraband. Despite this being a successful operation, critics are saying that targeting small time illegal refinery workers is not confronting the main problem of criminal cartels who sell the products to the international markets.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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