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ADNOC's and Borealis' JV, the Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd (Borouge) has awarded a licensing contract for the Borouge 4 project to France-based Axens. The contract terms require Axens to supply process books, catalysts & adsorbents, proprietary equipment, trainings and technical services. Axens will provide Borogue with an MTBE unit coupled with1-Butene production unit and 1-Hexene unit for the Borouge 4 project in Ruwais-Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Sinochem unit of Chinese oil and petroleum company Sinochem Group has decided to sell 20% of their stakes at worth $1.65 billion to five national firms. Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial Bank of China and Citic Securities Investment Co. are the corporate investors. ChemChina has also approached for funding of $10 million to the group. Frank Ning Gao Ning, chairman of both companies has encouraged collaboration only after resolving individual debt issues.
Sri Chakra Oil Mill in East Godavari District caught fire yesterday. It took about eight hours for firefighters to put out the fire, managing to save the main factory and nearby oil storage tanks. Although the actual reason behind the fire is yet to be known, sub-inspector Anaparthi suspects an electrical short circuit to be the reason for the fire. No casualties were reported due to the accident.
No casualties or operational damage were reported in a small fire at Phillip 66’s 139,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery in Wilmington, California on Tuesday. The fire was extinguished in the meantime by Los Angeles’ City Fire Department while the cause of the fire is still under investigation of Port Police and County HOWZMAT.
After the announcement by the Indian government to privatise BPCL, many firms have started showing their interest in buying its stakes. Recently, Vedanta Resources Ltd has informed about that the company is evaluating an investment in the downstream giant. “One by one privatising these companies will take 10 years. It is better to (do it in) one-shot. The government has no business to be in business”, said Vedanta's Chairman.
Amidst extreme agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act in India’s North-Eastern states, the region is heading towards a fuel supply crisis. With refineries shutdown, petrochemical plant and oil-producing facilities non-operational, it’s only a matter of weeks before the fuel crisis hit the region. Sources have revealed that IOC has shut down its Digboi refinery, and is running the Guwahati unit at minimal throughput, while OIL had to shut down its LPG production.
China’s Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co yesterday informed about launching a 3.8-million-tonne-per-year reformer unit earlier this month at its new mega refinery and petrochemical complex in East China. Claimed to be the world’s single-largest facility of its kind, the unit will process naphtha into aromatics. The Zhejiang Petrochemical complex also consists of a second 200,000-bpd crude unit, a 1.4 million-tpy ethylene and a 4 million-tpy paraxylene plant.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has inked a framework agreement with state-run ADNOC to explore development of an Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) facility in Ruwais. RIL will utilize the proposed unit to procure EDC, a key raw material used in the manufacturing of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). ADNOC would provide Ethylene to the proposed venture and offer access to the infrastructure at Ruwais.
PDVSA-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp yesterday registered a 76.2% rise in profit for 3Q2019. Citgo recorded an increase of 14.3% in the total refinery throughput to 825,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the preceding quarter, with utilizing rate of 94%. The net income for the eighth-largest U.S. refiner by capacity rose to $215 million in the third quarter, compared to $122 million in the 2Q2019.
A week later the explosions that rocked a Texas chemical plant, Petrochemical maker TPC Group Inc will reconstruct the Texas plant. The fire at the Port Neches plant forced the county to temporarily vacate over 60,000 residents from the area. TPC Group CEO last week informed that the 175 employees at the Port Neches plant would be compensated until year-end, with the plant shut for an indefinite but extended period.
Vietnamese state-backed Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co (BSR) has reached an agreement with SOCAR to purchase 5 mln barrels of crude in 2020. A statement on BSR’s website read that SOCAR will supply 5 mln barrels of Azeri Light crude to BSR-operated Dung Quat refinery. Vietnam has seen increased dependence over imported crude due to slow domestic output and China's stance in the region which hampers offshore exploration.
Equatorial Guinea has revealed plans of spending $1 billion in energy projects, which includes the construction of two new oil refineries among other projects. Energy minister, Gabriel Obiang Lima stated during the Africa Oil Power Conference last week that the new refineries would process 30,000-40,000 bpd of crude oil including from the Zafiro offshore field. Equatorial Guinea is looking to diversify its energy sector.
The sale of government 's stakes in Bharat Petroleum has got SBI Capital and Deloitte in a race for advisors. According to the sources, both the firms will give 15 minutes presentation on Thursday post which financial bids will be opened. “The advisor will undertake tasks relating to all aspects of the proposed strategic disinvestment culminating into successful completion of the transaction during the current financial i.e. 2019-20", said DIPAM.
From November 28, all the workers of Bharat Petroleum will go on strike. However, the authorities have assured that it will not affect the production or availability of fuel. “If the government refuses to withdraw its decision on privatisation, we would be forced to undertake longer strikes, which can spread to several days”, informed General Secretary of Cochin Refineries Employees Association.
The elite club of energy supermajors saw a new entry on Tuesday, with India’s Reliance Industries making into the world's energy royalty. The Indian conglomerate, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, was valued at $138 billion, eclipsing BP Plc’s $132 billion value, at the close of trading on Tuesday. Reliance has rallied 40% this year, buoyed up by Ambani’s plan to cut the company’s net debt to zero in 18 months.
India's downstream giant IOCL has received clearance from the Ministry of Environment to set up 2G ethanol plant. This Rs 766 crore plant will be set up in Haryana's Panipat district. Union Environment Minister took social media platform to inform that "This project not only promotes use of environment-friendly fuel but also aids in fulfilment of government's goal of doubling farmers' income".
Angola’s national oil, gas and biofuels agency ANGP has informed about forming a consortium with five international oil companies including Eni and Chevron. The consortium will work on developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Soyo plant. With an initial cost of $2 billion, the project is anticipated to begin production by 2022, an ANGP spokesman said.
Canadian firm, Husky Energy has informed about concluding the sale of its Prince George Refinery to Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure. The deal was finalized for $215 million in cash, excluding a closing adjustment of about $53.5 million. Apart from the deal, Husky also inked a five-year offtake agreement with Tidewater for refined products from the refinery.