Tesoro Corporation Changes Its Name

  Tesoro Corporation announced on June 1st that it will officially change its name to Andeavor effective August 1st of this year. This move comes… Read more »

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 »