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Global refining news: 9 June 2015

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


It has been announced that Dangote Oil Refining Company has awarded UOP, a Honeywell Company a contract for an integrated refinery and petrochemical plant to be constructed in Lekki, Nigeria. The new facility will hopefully reduce the country’s dependence on imported fuels and petrochemicals once finished.

Indian Oil Corp

IOC has reportedly announced plans to invest approximately Rs15 000 crore in increasing capacity at the Panipat refinery in Haryana. The investment will see a 34% increase in plant capacity, the equivalent of 20.2 million t by 2020.


Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced that it has successfully removed 98% of the banned tetra ethyl lead (TEL) substances that were found at its refineries. The hazardous substance can cause lead poisoning and has been cleared almost entirely from the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries.

Phillips 66

It has been reported that Phillips 66 has commenced maintenance work at five of its refineries, which together have a capacity of 784 000 bpd. It has not been reported if output will be impacted however, the five refineries being worked on are in the UK, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Ireland and St. Louis.

Siraf refinery

Reportedly there is interest from eight western European companies to invest in the Siraf refinery project in Iran. The US$2.8 billion project is seeking to reduce Iran’s dependence on imports. The refinery is anticipated to have a processing capacity of 480 000 bpd and be completed in 38 months once construction begins.


Total has reported an unexpected upset at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas, USA. The problem was filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and spanned from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon. It was reported that operational problems were the result of gas flaring.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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