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Global downstream update: 30 July 2014

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Manali Petrochemicals Ltd. has appointed Muthukrishnan Ravi as Managing Director of the company for another three years. Ravi’s original tender as MD ended on 28 July. The new contract began immediately and reportedly has the same terms and conditions as his previous employment.


Three illegal mini refineries have been reportedly shutdown by police in Mozdok. Seven refining ‘machines’ were in operation when the police found the sites. Large volumes of heating oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and other refining equipment were also found. The Russian Interior Ministry has also reported that the facilities were using illegal high pressure gas as part of the refining process.


Trainload Ltd has won a £ 1 million contract to supply handling equipment to a Turkish refinery. The Tupras owned facility has asked the Lincolnshire, UK, based company to design, engineer and supply four new bitumen loading arms for the Kirikkale refinery. The arms will be used to transfer biproduct to rail wagons. The contract will also include upgrading existing control room panels as well as supervision of installation and commissioning.


Tegile Systems has been chosen by the world’s largest producer of crude oil to provide a new storage solution. Saudi Petroleum Overseas Limited (SPOL), the London office of Saudi Aramco, has implemented Tegile’s Zebi HA2100 arrays to consolidate its storage solution, and ensure the safety of its email and intranet data.

Centrica has announced Iain Conn has its new chief executive, as of 1 January 2015. Conn will succeed Sam Laidlaw who is retiring from the company’s board on 31 December. Conn recently quit as head of refining at BP Plc.


Yesterday the US$ 1 billion overhaul plan for the Chevron Richmond refinery faced the final vote from city officials. Chevron had proposed to upgrade the 1960s refinery which would allow it to process higher sulfur crude. The vote was passed and work is now allowed to commence on the facility.

The BP Whiting refinery has hit a new peak crude processing level of 270 000 bpd. The rise in processing levels has helped increase BP’s Q2 profits by 34%. The refinery near Lake Michigan has a total processing capacity of 300 000 bpd and is continually striving to increase processing levels to this 100% mark.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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