Refining & marketing
Refining's big expansion
5 October 2017
Teapots are vying with the state giants in China, while India and the Middle East are ramping up
Downstream to the rescue for China
5 October 2017
China's NOCs have had a few difficult years. But restructuring and a modest oil-price recovery are helping
Storms gather for refiners
5 October 2017
Oil will remain the lifeblood of the transport sector for years, but refiners must prepare for its slow demise
Refiners should expect the unexpected
22 September 2017
Trend spotting is easier said than done in the refining sector
End of a golden era for refiners?
22 September 2017
Refiners may struggle to keep making the profits of recent years, but there's life in the sector yet
A clean slate for Gulf refiners
14 September 2017
The region's refiners have less than three years to play their ace card as the IMO implements new sulphur limits on bunker fuel from 2020
India: Product placement
5 July 2017
India is investing heavily in refining capacity to meet rising local demand and boost fuel exports
Refining Saudi Arabia's future
5 June 2017
Saudi Arabia is taking the opportunity of collective oil-production cuts to focus on downstream ventures
China still thirsty
25 January 2017
Forget the rumours, Chinese imports of oil – for refining and strategic storage – are rising again
Margin call
3 January 2017
European refining enjoyed a healthy end to 2016. Opec's production deal should add further support
China - the great moderation
16 November 2016
China's teapot refiners have enjoyed cheap oil prices. But the country's breakneck pace of demand growth will not return in 2017
Margins push global refinery turnarounds 40% lower
24 October 2016
The biggest outages will be in Asia but there are stark regional differences
Margins push global refinery turnabouts 40% lower
14 October 2016
The biggest outages will be in Asia but there are stark regional differences
Expect record global refinery throughput in Q3
21 September 2016
Runs may surge but they won’t match demand growth
Overcooking US gasoline demand
31 August 2016
Has the country been burning more gasoline than ever before? The data paint a confusing picture
Bulging product stocks pressurise refinery margins
3 August 2016
Profits for processing crude into refined products have fallen far from last year’s highs. Europe in particular is feeling the pressure
Now for the glut
5 July 2016
Petrochemical supplies are still rising but demand growth is less certain than it was
The rise of China's teapot refineries
8 June 2016
Armed with import permits, the country’s private refineries are mopping up cheap global crude oil
European refining margins continue to slide
16 May 2016
Profits for processing crude into refined products are under pressure, especially in Europe
The next glut for refiners
25 February 2016
Margins will suffer, with refiners about to add even more distillation capacity that the world probably won’t need
Falling margins, rising maintenance
25 February 2016
A busy season of refinery turnarounds is about to weaken crude demand, again
Golar agrees to provide FSRU for Ghana gas imports
4 November 2015
Ghana could be the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to play host to a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU)
Asia and the Middle East continue to invest in refineries despite oil price
19 October 2015
The majors have seen their refinery fortunes rebound this year. But the super-refineries in the Middle East and Asia and rising ethane output in the US continue to put pressure on refiners to change their ways
Hovensa files for bankruptcy, ending a long-running dispute
22 September 2015
The shuttered Hovensa Refinery in the US Virgin Islands has filed for bankruptcy, closing a long-running dispute between the owners of the facility and the Virgin Islands
Austria's OMV welcomes a new CEO
1 July 2015
Rainer Seele has plenty of work to do thanks to the oil price and legacies of the past
Varo raises sights in European downstream
22 June 2015
Varo Energy, Europe's newest downstream specialist, is merging with trading and marketing company Argos to target the creation of a 'major downstream business' in northwestern Europe