Refinery Operations – US petroleum refinery capacity continues to increase

The refinery capacity in the US continues to slowly increase at 2% each year. Last year the “gross input” of crude oil into American refineries… Read more »

Shell Prelude FLNG Platform is on the move

  Photo credit: Shell Prelude, the largest floating LNG platform in the world (for now) is finally on the move. It has set sail from… Read more »

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 »

What Is IOW/DOW?

Integrity Operating Windows (IOW) and Design Operating Windows (DOW) are industry terms that relate to the operating limits of process equipment. These are the important… 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 Operations: High Density Polyethylene Plant To Be Built By LyndondellBasell on US Gulf Coast

A part of LyondellBasell’s ongoing growth plan, this project is one of many ethylene expansion projects the company is undertaking. We’re always glad to hear of the… Read more »

Refinery Operations: Wyoming Refinery, Logistical Assets Aquired By Par Pacific

Wyoming Refining Co. purchased by Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. Exciting news coming out of Wyoming as Par Pacific takes control of the Newcastle refinery, the… Read more »