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Global refining news: 8 July 2015

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SBI BioEnergy has said that its fat and grease to renewable fuels pilot plant could soon be in a position to offer the Albertan market opportunities. The company is in the process of building a CAN$10 million mini refinery in the Edmonton Research Park to demonstrate technology that will turn vegetable oils, animal fats and tall oil into renewable jet fuel and diesel. The facility is expected to be in operation next year and have a processing capacity of 10 million tpy.


A fire on the land surrounding the HPCL Visakh refinery caused much panic yesterday afternoon. The fire broke out in the hills around the plant which are owned by the facility. The cause of the fire is not known, however there was much concern as the trees and shrubbery are very dry and can promote the quick spread of a blaze. No danger was reported to the refinery or refinery workers as precautionary measures were put in place as soon as the fire was spotted.


It has been reported that earlier this month, Daelim Industrial and Daewoo Engineering & Construction spoke of their intentions to participate in a tender for a new refinery package in Al Zour. The package includes the construction of low sulfur fuel oil production facilities with a capacity of 615 000 bbls/y. The project is being led by Kuwait National Petroleum Company and is worth approximately US$1.3 billion.


It has been announced that Honeywell Process Solutions is going to help improve energy efficiency and reliability at the Lukoil owned gasoline blending facility in Kstovo. The plant uses the company’s Profit Blend Optimiser software already.


Marathon Petroleum Corp is contesting a citation and fine from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Injuries sustained by five workers in 2014 went unrecorded at the Blanchard refinery according to the US Department of Labor. The fine that has been issued is for US$2000. All injuries are supposed to be recorded in the 300 Log.

It has been reported that BP is going to invest US$1 million in its Whiting refinery. The company is looking to construct a prefabricated building around the existing refinery unit. This work is part of a US$4.2 billion upgrade that is on going at the facility so it can process heavier crudes from the Canadian oilsands.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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