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If sources were to be believed, RIL head, Mukesh Ambani is mulling plans of boosting the capacity of the world’s largest refinery complex in Jamnagar. If the proposition goes through, Jamnagar refinery will see an addition of new plant with crude processing capacity of 30 million tpa. RIL is fortifying its place in India where energy demand, according to IEA, is expected to more than double by 2040.
CEO of Suncor Energy Inc announced that unlike its rivals, Suncor will not reduce its crude output to deal with low prices. This is because Suncor Energy is isolated from the rising price discounts that are applied to Canadian oil by US refineries. He said, “The higher-cost producers are having to pull back because they're not making any margin on their last barrel. We're not in that circumstance.”
India’s Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) released its second quarter earnings. Mumbai refinery unit of the organization was closed by a fire which had a negative impact on the overall earnings. The profit of this quarter, 12.18 billion Indian rupees, was below the expectations of the analysts. The Q2 profit of this year halved the profit of corresponding quarter of the last year which was 23.57 billion rupees.
US downstream player, Phillips 66 yesterday reported 70.2% rise in its earnings to $936 million. The American multinational easily beat analysts’ expectations, owing to cheaper domestic crude prices which boosted its refining margins. US crude's discount to Brent extended to more than $10 a barrel, allowing refiners in the country to register a higher margin for third quarter.
Thai Oil has awarded the consortium of Petrofac, Saipem and Samsung a £3billion clean fuels project in Thailand. The project aims at transforming the existing refinery in the Chon Buri province into a facility that is environmentally-friendly. Under the contract, Petrofac will provide engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) services for over four years, which will also include adding new processing units. Petrofac will receive over £1billion as share.
BASF, world’s largest chemical producer, and ExxonMobil are conducting a full scale commercial demonstration of their jointly-developed solvent. The firms have chosen Imperial Oil’s Sarnia Refinery for this purpose. The amine-based solvent is aimed at fulfilling the stringent sulfur emission standards with greater efficiency. The solvent will allow refiners and gas processors to enhance capacity and reduce the operating costs involved with existing equipment.
Azerbaijan’s state-owned SOCAR is all set to start-up its new refinery in Turkey, next week. The $6.3 billion Star refinery will provide feedstock to Turkish petrochemicals firm, Petkim to help cut Turkey’s reliance on imported refined oil products. SOCAR’s refinery would have the capacity to process about 200,000 barrels of crude per day, estimated to produce 1.6 million tonnes of naphtha and 420,000 tonnes of xylenes, apart from other products.
Canadian oil firm, Irving Oil has reported a major incident at its Saint John refinery in Canada. Residents in the area witnessed fire and explosion at the refinery. According to CNBC, the Saint John refinery has the capacity to refine 320,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel heating oil, jet fuel and other petroleum products. More than half of Irving Oil’s produce is supplied to the United States.
ExxonMobil began operating a new unit at the integrated Beaumont facility in Texas. The new unit will boost the production of ultra-low sulfur fuels by about 45,000 barrels per day. Exxon developed a proprietary catalyst system for the unit to remove sulfur and meet US Environmental Protection Agency specifications while reducing octane loss. The project is part of Exxon’s Growing the Gulf initiative.
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.
Bothered by a series of fire accidents this year, the Indian PSU Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limted (BPCL), is preparing to move its LPG facility out of Mumbai. In an attempt to strengthen safety, the LPG facility will be shifted to Rasayani. The move is expected to help cut down 43% of truck movement near the refinery. Similar relocation might come for its other refineries in Kochi, Numaligarh, and Bina as well.
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.
UK-based speciality chemicals giant, Johnson Matthey bagged a license supply contract for Methanex’s third US methanol plant. The license pertains to the 5,000 mtpd ATR methanol technology flowsheet, and also includes associated engineering, proprietary equipment and catalyst supply. Johnson Matthey’s methanol technology has been licensed for more than 45 years now. The final investment decision (FID) will come in mid-2019.
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.
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.
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.