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Late October: The Americas downstream news

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


On 20th October, employees at Petroleo Brasileiro Sa and other Brazilian based oil companies implemented a showdown at all oil related facilities. The protests were carried out in order to raise awareness of demands for salary increases. The union known as FUP is demanding a 10% wage rise over current inflation and better safety and security conditions within the industry.


BPF Energy Partners LP has announced that the Delaware City refinery released 200 lbs of hydrogen cyanide on 23rd October. The emissions were released from the catalytic cracker and a filing was made with the National Response Centre.


The National Cooperative Refinery Association will be constructing a new facility for its McPherson refinery in Kansas. The delayed coking unit will cost approximately US$ 555 million and replace the one that was added to the facility in 1952.


Petroperu is currently in talks with Braskem SA to sign a letter of intent. The letter will order the technical and economic analysis of the viability of a new petrochemical plant to be built in Peru.


A small fire broke out at the LyondellBasell Industries refinery in Houston on Friday. The occurred in the decommissioned chemical unit at the facility that was being demolished. The unit is currently being demolished. The fire did not affect refinery operations.

On Saturday, a power trip at ExxonMobil Corp’s Beaumont refinery is thought to be the cause of an emissions release. The trip affected the gasoline producing fluid catalytic cracking unit and there has been a small impact on production. 

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