Oilfield Discovery: Alaska North Slope Yields Large Light Crude Reservoir

Recovery factors of 30-40% expected New discovery in the Alaskan Oil operations, and we’re happy to relay this information to our audience. “This discovery has the… Read more »

Pipeline Operations: Colonial Ordered To Shut Down Line Near Helena, Alabama

Excellent response from Colonial – minimal impact to both the environment and delivery to markets. A small gasoline leak in a segment of Colonial’s Line… Read more »

Refinery Operations: VDU At Lyondell Houston Refinery Shut By Pump Failure

Safety first at Lyondell Basell Industries’ Houston refinery We’re glad to hear about the proactive safety-conscious decision to shut down, assess, and quickly return to… Read more »

Refinery Operations: Renewable Technology Company Virent Acquired By Tesoro

Madison, WI based Virent has developed new technology which is able to convert sugars and other biomass derived feed-stocks into gasoline blend-stocks and aromatics. This… Read more »

Refinery Operations: ExxonMobil Seeks Buyer For Montana Refinery

An emerging trend in refinery requirements? Major companies such as ExxonMobil and Chevron Corp. have been reducing their portfolios of non-integrated chemical and production system… Read more »

Refinery Safety: Explosion And Fire At Carson Refinery

No injuries reported. We’re glad to hear that no one was hurt as a 1-ton sulfur tank exploded at Tesoro’s Carson refinery. Operating at a… Read more »

Refinery Safety: Small Fire Shuts Down Portions Of Texas Refinery

Feedstock supply loss leads to leak, and then fire. Total SA’s Arthur Texas refinery faced a reformer, sulfur recovery unit, and a pressure swing absorption… Read more »

Refinery Safety: Louisiana Phillips 66 Refinery Fire, No Injuries

Heater tube fails as hydrogen unit was being shut down The 260 Mbpd Lake Charles Refinery in LA faced a fire around mid-day, which was… Read more »

Refinery Safety: Injuries Reported In Fire At Texas Crude Oil Terminal

Operations near normal Our hearts and prayers go out to the seven workers injured in a flash fire at Sunco Logistics crude oil terminal in… Read more »

Refinery Safety: Fire At Motiva Convent Refinery, No Injuries Reported

Heavy oil hydrocracker structurally damaged As always, we’re relieved that no one was injured in what is a critical system fire at the Motiva plant… Read more »