Refinery

Labor Clashes Intensify at Mexico’s Dos Bocas Refinery as AMLO Policies Questioned

Labor Clashes Intensify at Mexico’s Dos Bocas Refinery as AMLO Policies Questioned

Videos circulated on Wednesday of violent clashes between security forces and striking employees of construction firm ICA Fluor at the Dos Bocas oil refinery construction site in Mexico’s Tabasco state.  Workers reportedly are demanding better pay and working conditions before resuming work on the refinery, one of the flagship public works promoted by President Andrés…

October 13, 2021
BP Investing in West Coast Refinery to Expand Renewable Diesel, Reduce Emissions

BP Investing in West Coast Refinery to Expand Renewable Diesel, Reduce Emissions

BP plc is pouring $269 million into three projects at its Cherry Point Refinery in Washington to improve efficiencies, reduce emissions and increase renewable diesel production capability. The projects, slated to create 200-plus construction jobs, 25 engineering jobs and 40 support roles, align with the integrated energy major’s goal to be net zero emissions across…

October 6, 2021
Ida’s Path of Destruction Dogging Natural Gas, Oil Operations in Louisiana, Offshore

Ida’s Path of Destruction Dogging Natural Gas, Oil Operations in Louisiana, Offshore

Hurricane Ida may be long gone, but bitter memories of its torrid march through the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and into the Lower 48 were slowing recovery efforts by the natural gas and oil industry. Producers that work offshore were struggling to return crews to platforms and rigs on Friday. Extensive damage in Louisiana’s Houma…

September 3, 2021
Citgo’s Refining Unit in South Texas Disrupted as Covid Cuts Oxygen Supply

Citgo’s Refining Unit in South Texas Disrupted as Covid Cuts Oxygen Supply

Citgo Petroleum Corp. shut down a key component of its Corpus Christi, TX, refinery following an oxygen supply disruption from a vendor because of increased demand from the medical industry. In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) last Thursday (Sept. 2), Citgo said it shut down the Sulfur Recovery Unit B-Train…

September 3, 2021
Imperial Oil Eyes Renewable Diesel Using CCS, Blue Hydrogen for Edmonton Refinery

Imperial Oil Eyes Renewable Diesel Using CCS, Blue Hydrogen for Edmonton Refinery

Imperial Oil Ltd.’s Strathcona refinery in Edmonton is looking to add up to 20,000 b/d of renewable diesel to the mix as soon as 2024, enabling emissions from Canada’s transport sector to decline by as much as 3 million metric tons/year. The ExxonMobil affiliate’s complex as designed would use locally grown plant-based feedstock and hydrogen…

August 26, 2021
Cenovus Swings to Profit on Rising Prices, Refinery Demand

Cenovus Swings to Profit on Rising Prices, Refinery Demand

Rising consumer demand for fuels from an expanded refinery and retail chain as the Covid-19 pandemic faded helped propel sharply improved financial performance by Cenovus Energy Inc. in the first six months of this year. The Calgary firm’s downstream chain of 1,073 service stations and five U.S. refineries – two in Ohio and one each…

August 2, 2021
Suncor Sees Oil Prices Jump Sharply, Commits 10% of Capital to GHG Initiatives

Suncor Sees Oil Prices Jump Sharply, Commits 10% of Capital to GHG Initiatives

Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. saw its earnings jump in the first half of the year, as oil demand rose and the pandemic receded, resulting in the North American retail unit standing out as the growth star. Maintenance turnaround projects, which limited production and sales by the refineries and oilsands operations during 2020 and early this…

July 30, 2021
Mexico’s Pemex said Poorly Positioned to Capitalize on Oil Price Rally

Mexico’s Pemex said Poorly Positioned to Capitalize on Oil Price Rally

As major economies across the globe emerge from the doldrums of the pandemic and travel surges, oil prices could further spike and reach $100/bbl by next year, according to the most bullish Wall Street forecast yet this year. It could also mark the final surge in oil prices, however, as pressure intensifies on energy companies…

June 23, 2021
Oil Refinery in U.S. Virgin Islands Shutters After EPA Alleges ‘Multiple Major Mishaps’

Oil Refinery in U.S. Virgin Islands Shutters After EPA Alleges ‘Multiple Major Mishaps’

The Limetree Bay oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, long under environmental and financial pressure, said this week it would close indefinitely. Citing “severe financial” hardship, owner Limetree Bay Energy said it had suspended plans to restart the 210,000 b/d facility on the island of St. Croix. The refinery has been offline since May…

June 23, 2021
Mexico’s Pemex Snaps Up Ownership of Texas Refinery in Quest for Energy Self-Sufficiency

Mexico’s Pemex Snaps Up Ownership of Texas Refinery in Quest for Energy Self-Sufficiency

Mexico’s state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) will add more refining capacity to its portfolio with the deal announced Monday to purchase Royal Dutch Shell plc’s share in the partnership that owns the Deer Park refinery on the Texas coast. The $596 million transaction was celebrated by Mexican officials as yet another step on the…

May 25, 2021
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