A contract has been signed between Petrobras and GS Holdings Corp of South Korea for the construction of refinery in Brazil. The current agreement is non-binding as plans to form a joint venture to construct a low sulfur diesel refinery are explored. If plans are confirmed the facility is expected to have processing capacity of 300 000 bpd and be online in 2017.
It has been announced that construction of the Dakota Praire Refinery is on track and the initial site grading is almost complete. The plant is a joint venture between Calumet Speciality Products Partners LP and MDU Resources. The project is estimated to cost approximately US$ 300 million. Once completed the plant will have a processing capacity of 20 000 bpd and will be used for diesel topping.
The sale of BP’s Carson, California refinery and the related assets is now complete. The facility as well as the logistics and marketing aspects have been purchased by Tesoro Corporation for approximately US$ 2.4 billion. The Carson site was sold as part of BP’s plan to remould its US based fuels business.
The Imperial Oil owned Halifax refinery, Nova Scotia is being closed for conversion in to a terminal. The facility is now 95 years old and once converted will need approximately 80 staff to maintain and run operations.
Maintenance at the Holly Frontier Corp owned Tulsa East refinery is now drawing to a close. The facility has been under going a turnaround on the crude unit, reformer, naphtha hydrotreaters and panex unit. The facility is expected to be fully operational and back online in July.
Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.
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