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Late January: News from the Americas

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


At the end of last week, power dips due to high winds at the Kapolei oil refinery caused part of the facility to be shut down. The Tesoro Corp. owned plant went through repair in processes and is now being brought back online. The plant has a processing capacity of 94 000 bpd when running at full power.


PDVSA have confirmed that the Amuay refinery is operating normally after a fire at the facility. There was a small incident at one of the plant’s distillation units. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and has been described as a routine incident.

PDVSA has announced that it is confident that the project to construct the Pernambuco refinery will go ahead. The plant will be constructed in conjunction with Petroleo Brasileiro SA. PDVSA is currently waiting for the Brazilian banks involved in financing the project to verify loans of US$ 1.5 billion.

Virgin Islands

Hovensa, a joint venture company of Hess Corp. and PDVSA are going to shut down the St. Croix refinery by mid February. The facility has accumulated US$ 1.3 billion in losses over the last three years. The facility was built in 1966 and has a processing capacity of 500 00 bpd. The facility will be converted in to a storage terminal.

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