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India has asked state refiners to speed up the diversification of oil imports to gradually cut their dependence on the Middle East after OPEC+ decided last week to largely continue production cuts in April. Two oil refiners confirmed that the government had asked them to expedite efforts to diversify crude import sources.
Privatisation-bound Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) on Monday said it will exit Numaligarh refinery in Assam by selling its entire stake to a consortium of Oil India Ltd and Engineers India Ltd for Rs 9,876 crore. A consortium of Oil India Ltd, Engineers India Ltd, and the Government of Assam expressed interest in buying the stake and the BPCL board on Monday approved the sale.
U.S. oil demand is finally starting to emerge from the grips of pandemic after months with Asia serving as the lone bright spot in global markets. Prices for cargoes of grades like West Texas Intermediate crude have picked up by at least 50 cents a barrel from earlier this month. The U.S. government sees production recovering to only 11.5 million barrels a day in 2022.
Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior blocked a tanker on Thursday from delivering crude oil from Norway to Sweden’s Lysekil refinery in a protest against plans to expand it. According to Greenpeace, the expansion would result in increasing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 1 million tonnes per year, making it the largest source of Carbon dioxide emissions in the country.
Iraq’s government agreed to sign a contract with JGC Corp to build a 55,000 barrels per day refinery in the southern region of Basra. The refinery will produce fuels including liquified petroleum gas, gasoline and gasoil, estimating the cost of the facility at $4 billion.
Total has agreed to sell its Lindsey refinery in Lincolnshire, northeast England, to Prax Group. The refinery has an annual production capacity of 5.4 million tons. Since the sale of the British retail network in 2011, the Lindsey refinery hasn’t been part of Total’s downstream system. It is expected to be put to better use within the Prax Group, an independent player with a growing UK network.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut on Saturday the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker at its 318,000 barrel-per-day joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery after a fire, sources familiar with plant operations said on Sunday. All individuals were safe and accounted for at the Shell Deer Park Complex, which includes the refinery and adjoining chemical plant. The Deer Park refinery is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company.
Brazil state-controlled oil major, Petrobras reported a fire incident at its Duque de Caixas refinery, forcing the authorities to operate the refinery at half of its installed capacity. However, the company said in an email late on Monday that the fire would not affect deliveries as the inventories were already equipped. The company also did not provide a date on when production will return to normal levels.
The conversion of the Cheyenne HollyFrontier Refinery to renewable diesel production cause a loss of about 200 jobs in Cheyenne over the next 12-18 months, according to a release from the company. This conversion will cost about $125 million to $175 million. When the process is finished the Cheyenne site will produce about 90 million gallons per year of renewable diesel.
The Arabic language daily Alanba has reported about Kuwait granting three contracts for the provision of maintenance and engineering services for two of its oil refineries with a combined value of $481 million. The first contract is worth $313 million for engineering and mechanical works at Al-Ahmadi refinery, the second deal is worth $168 million for Block-2 maintenance services for the 615,000-bpd Al-Zour refinery.
The world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has assured some of the refiners in Asia to supply full contractual volumes of crude in May. According to the sources, though there is no change in the volume of the supply the ratio among crude grades has been altered by Saudi Aramco. This has been done by increasing the quantity of Arab Light and reducing Arab Heavy.
State-run refiner, Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) reported a nearly three-fold jump in its net profit to Rs 2,051.43 crore, for the fourth quarter. BPCL's net profit in 3Q2018 was Rs 698.62 crore, the company reported in a regulatory filing. However, revenue from operation slipped over lower oil prices to Rs 85,926.70 crore.
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.
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.
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 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.