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Japanese downstream major, Cosmo Oil has found new suppliers to substitute Iranian oil imports at the head of the looming US sanctions on Iran in November. Oil supply to Cosmo will come from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait to cover for its 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) shortfall from Iran. Japan’s refinery association last week stated that the country terminated oil imports from Iran in mid-September.
IOCL’s group company, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited has released a notification regarding apprenticeship opportunity at its refineries. CPCL, which has its refineries in Chennai, is inviting applications for eight job roles available in the firm. Candidates who fulfil the eligibility can apply for the job positions before October 8th, 2018. The mode of application is online.
Chinese state-owned CNOOC successfully deployed Clariant’s MegaMax 800 methanol synthesis catalyst at its China BlueChemical methanol plant. The 800 kilotons facility runs on DAVY™ methanol process technology to manufacture methanol-based chemical products and mineral fertilizers. MegaMax 800 results in 40% higher productivity than previous catalyst generations and can sustain its performance advantage at low-temperature conditions as well.
The newly commissioned Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the Ruwais facility of ADNOC Refining has achieved full production of polymer-grade propylene. ADNOC Refining CEO regarded the PDH unit as a key element of ADNOC Refining’s expansion strategy, enabling maximum value for ADNOC’s downstream productions. The PDH unit processes propane to generate half a million tons per year of polymer-grade propylene.
Bina Refinery is a joint venture (JV) of India’s BPCL and Oman Oil Company. Strategizing its expansion plans, BPCL has decided to abandon its IPO plans for the JV. The reason behind this decision is that Bina is generating enough liquidity to finish the ongoing expansion and also “because Kuwaiti Petroleum is keen to pick up a stake”. IPO would have offered an exit option to Oman Oil.
US oil supermajor, ExxonMobil is all set to pour £500 million to upgrade Britain’s largest oil refinery and extend its facility. Almost a century-old Fawley refinery will see the addition of new oil processing units, enabling it to produce larger volumes of high-quality diesel. The upgradation is in line with Exxon’s growth plans to double earnings by 2025 with Fawley marked as a “strategic” site.
Kick starting an investment driven oil-sands project, Fort Hills, Suncor Energy’s oil-sands mine had its formal opening on Monday. Clearing dense forest and dumping oily soils in giant trucks and processing it into heavy crude for U.S. refineries has made industry people hopeful. According to analysts, an era of big projects in the freezing wilderness of Canada will see a new dawn through minimized carbon emissions, combined with lower costs.
CNPC’s listed arm, PetroChina updated about the completion of a new pipeline by Yunnan refinery for the transportation of gasoline and diesel. The newly constructed pipeline is 81 km long, with an annual transport capacity of 1.68 million tonnes. The Yunnan refinery is one of the PetroChina’s largest refining projects with 260,000 barrels per day of crude refining capacity that began production in 2017.
Oil supermajor, Exxon Mobil is planning to set up a 1.2 million tonnes per year ethylene plant. The project also includes two polyethylene and two polypropylene lines, in China’s southern province of Guangdong. Exxon will begin working on the multi-billion dollar project from 2023. The US oil major is intending to cover the growing demand for chemical products in Chinese market.
On Monday, Shell Companies in India Chairman, Nitin Prasad, informed that in the next ten years, the company will open 1,200 retail stations in India. He gave the people of the industry a hope by saying that "each one of those stations can easily accommodate about 100 workers. Simply put, one lakh jobs will get created". Presently, Shell has put over 120 retail stations across India.
Continuing on the downstream expansion strategy, oil major, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) incorporated a specialised coker unit as part of its Carbon Black and Coker Project. The new delayed coker unit will enable ADNOC to recover highly specialised and valuable grades of carbon black and calcined coke. The UAE state-owned firm is eyeing the growth in Asian market for its petrochemical business.
The Government of India yesterday imposed restrictions over the export of biofuel from the country. The Modi Government has mandated a license to carry out both import and export of biofuels. In a notification released by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the export policy of biofuel was changed from free to restrict. Ethyl alcohol exports from India amounted to USD 276.35 million in 2017-18.
India’s biggest state-run refiner, IOCL yesterday took major decisions in the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The oil guzzler is planning a capital expenditure of Rs 22,000-crore in the financial year 2019. IOCL will spend Rs 6000 crores on the upgradation of its refineries to catch up with BS-VI requirements. The firm is also closing in on the commission of the Ennore-Manali LNG pipeline by the end of the year.
India’s state-owned BPCL will be increasing its Cherlapalli LPG bottling plant’s storage capacity. State head of BPCL informed that an extra 1200 tonnes will be added to the present storage capacity of the bottling unit. The construction of 1200 tonnes is planned to be completed by January-February of next year. The oil giant this year has facilitated the state with 1.5 lakh new connections with the help of Ujjwala Scheme.
According to WoodMackenzie, by 2035, India will account for a third of global demand growth, a surge of 3.5 million bpd. Although, Aramco will build a 1.2 million bpd refinery in Mumbai, but according to WoodMac it won’t be sufficient. The survey hints that it could lead to gas imports from Europe and US. Research director said that the need of new refineries depends on oil demand growth and private refiners.
China’s oil giant, Sinopec will increase its production in the second half of this year. The oil major informed on Sunday that it will take up the production to 146 million barrels of crude oil in the second innings of yearly production which was 143.6 million barrels in the in the initial half of the year. Sinopec has decided to process 121 million tonnes of crude this time.
Indian oil ministry recently agreed upon the idea of portable pumps and service station and the Alinz Portable Petrol Pump is planning to introduce such pumps in the country. According to the MD of Alinz, these pumps will reduce the time and land needs. The MD also informed that they are planning to invest Rs 400 crore per plant for 4 to 7 stations.
Even though BPCL’s unit in Kochi suffered a crude supply shortage amidst floods in the state, output from the refinery stayed largely uninterrupted, said Ex-director Prasad K Panicker. The Kochi refinery processes 15.5 million tonnes of crude oil per annum (MMTPA). Indian state Kerala suffered severe floods for almost a fortnight. Life is slowly crawling back in the state to normal.