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Late November: Construction and maintenance

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

South Sudan

The first mini refinery in South Sudan will be online in the next 10 months. The country’s oil ministry has signed a deal with US company Ventech Engineers International to construct the facility. This refinery will have a processing capacity of 10 000 bpd and is already scheduled to be expanded in a few years after completion.


A year after taking over the Stanlow refinery, Essar Energy has carried out a turnaround of the plant. Essar bought the plant from Shell for US$ 350 million in July 2011. The plant has a processing capacity of 296 000 bpd and a Nelson complexity rating of 8.2.


BP has restarted a key FCC unit at the Texas City refinery. A filing was made with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality after the unit at the 450 000 bpd facility was brought back online.

Plans to construct a multi billion dollar petrochemical facility in western Pennsylvania are on track. Royal Dutch Shell is developing preliminary plans for the facility.

Tesoro corp. has announced that its new vacuum distillation unit at its Wilmington, California refinery is fully operational. The new tower will help maximise gasoline, diesel and jet fuel production at the facility.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd.

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