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Global refining and gas processing news: 29 July 2015

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Bahrain Petroleum Company has announced that its Technical Services Department Refinery Laboratory has received a certificate of merit from Chevron Global Lubricants. The certificate is part of Chevron’s worldwide crosscheck testing programme which is a worldwide assessment of laboratories.


Three cases are reported to have been filed against officials of the Super Refinery Private Limited. The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed the cases against three of the companies higher level managers for avoiding paying VAT. The cases have been filed with the Baizid Police in Chittagong city.


JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp has said that it is planning on refining 1.09 million bpd of crude oil next month. This is an increase of 2% on consumption levels from August 2014. During July, refining for domestic consumption was down 12% from July 2014.


KNPC has awarded 3.48 billion dinars worth of contracts as part of the project to build the Al-Zour refinery. A consortium of companies has been commissioned to build the main process units for the facility with a contract worth 1.28 billion dinars. Another consortium has been contracted to build support units and infrastructure services with a contract worth 1.74 billion dinars. A final consortium has been employed for 454 million dinars to build a marine export terminal.


Niger and China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) have agreed to cut 15% from the price of oil sold to the joint venture SORAZ refinery. The refinery is currently struggling and is part of a US$5 billion production sharing deal with CNPC to develop the Agadem block in Niger. The facility is split 60/40 respectively between CNPC and Niger.


The Commander of the Delta, owned by the Nigerian Navy has reportedly said that the continuing spread of illegal refining operations in the Niger Delta is posing a threat to the natural environment. These comments were made following the destruction of 12 illegal refineries in Warri South and Warri South West.

Persian Gulf

In preparation for the start up of the refinery at the South Pars gas field, Phase 19 has been completed with the boilers being lit. It has also been reported that the desalting and nitrogen units for the facility have become operational. Phase 19 is part of a 35 month project at the site.


PJSC Sibur Holding has announced plans to expand gas fractionation capacity at its Tobolsk-Neftekhim gas processing site. The facility is in the Western Siberia Tyumen region and the plans, once complete, will increase capacity by 1.4 million tpy. The new capacity will allow the plant to fractionate a higher portion of raw NGLs.


It has been reported that Quantum Energy Inc. and Native Son Holdings LLC have formed a joint venture. Under this venture, the companies are said to be planning on constructing and operating a refinery in Berthold, North Dakota. The joint venture is reportedly named Quantum Native Processing Partners LLC.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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