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Downstream news update: 18 November 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Petrobras has said that it has received a permit from the national oil regulator to begin atmospheric distillation at its Abreu e Lima refinery, marking one of the last regulatory hurdles for the project.

Petrobras received its operational license from Brazil’s environment agency Ibama in early November.


The Dangote Group expects an oil refinery it is building in Nigeria to come onstream in late 2017 or the first half of 2018. The plant, which is located in the lagos area, will be able to process 500 000 bpd of crude.

Dangote agreed a US$ 3.3 billion loan in September last year with 12 Nigerian and foreign lenders in order to build the refinery, as well as a petrochemical and fertilizer complex costing a total of US$ 9 billion. At the time, the facility was expected to be completed in 2016 and have a capacity of 400 000 bpd.

Engineers India Ltd have been selected to do most of the detailed engineering work for the new plant. Construction contractors have yet to be appointed.



Tesoro Corp. has agreed to pay US$ 260 000 in fines to settle nearly two dozen violations at its refinery in Contra Costa, California. The fines cover 23 violations dating back to 2011 for exceeding limits on emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide as well as for having leaks in tanks and failing to monitor emissions properly or report violations.

A spokesperson for Tesoro has said that corrective measures have been taken in order to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents.


KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC), has announced the appointment of Andrew Howell as Chief Executive Office with effect from 1 January 2015. Ian Godden, currently Executive Chairman, will return to his role as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

Andrew Howell has 20 years’ in depth knowledge of operating software in the hydrocarbons industry. He joined KBC from Schlumberger’s Information Solutions software division in 2011 after gaining wide experience in the international oil and gas industry with BP and Hyprotech in Europe and North America. Andrew obtained a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University. He is currently the Managing Director of KBC’s expanding software business and has pioneered KBC’s drive into the upstream oil and gas sector. Andrew joined the main board of KBC in April 2014.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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