Refining & marketing
Nigeria’s downstream chaos could sink planned refinery sale
21 November 2013
The country's four struggling refineries are to be privatised
Uganda’s oil production delayed until 2018
25 October 2013
Seven years after oil was discovered in inland Uganda, first flows are still in the distant future
Gas flaring complicates US Bakken oil boom
7 October 2013
Damaging and disruptive, gas flaring is bad for the environment and for companies, yet it's on the rise in North Dakota
Refiners struggle to keep up in Latin America
16 September 2013
Imports are on the rise across the region as refiners struggle to keep up with demand
Hopes for help for UK refiners after report calls for action
7 August 2013
The report recommends the government looks at regulations and taxes faced by refiners
Sweet and sour prospects for global refiners
6 August 2013
With shale crude production escalating and the world's refineries becoming increasingly complex, processing sour crudes is no longer a reliable route to sweet margins
Canada's Atlantic refiners regroup after failing to find buyer
20 June 2013
Canada's east coast refining market is consolidating as the country reduces its dependence on offshore crude
Dip and not a dive for the chemicals business cycle
6 June 2013
The chemicals business cycle took a downturn last year, but the indications are that it was a dip and not a dive
Venezuela cuts US fuel imports as the Amuay refinery re-started
30 April 2013
Last August, 39 people were killed and the refinery was badly damaged after an explosion, forcing the plant to close
The secrets to a long life for energy facilities and equipment
6 March 2013
Integrity management and corrosion modelling tools offer operators a systemic approach to ensuring the safe and reliable operation of ageing assets – and helps them squeeze more from mature reservoirs and facilities, writes Intetech’s Dr Liane Smith
Environmental changes bring upheavals for refiners
27 February 2013
Environmentally driven changes to shipping fuels will bring change for the world’s refiners
World refining system needs extensive reconstruction
27 February 2013
The world refining system will need reconstruction to meet likely changes in transport fuels demand
Australia downstream in the doldrums as imports increase
13 December 2012
Australia’s demand for refined products is increasing as its refined sector contracts. This could see the country overtake Indonesia as Asia-Pacific’s major products importer
Innovation or stagnation for the European refining sector
10 December 2012
The challenge facing the European refining sector is more severe than many have feared, argues Robert Turner from PwC, whose role in the Petroplus insolvency gave him an opportunity to explore the perspectives and risk appetite of the different players in the sector
Quadrise fuel shipping refinery electricity
30 August 2012
Steps towards commercialisation for new fuel
Refinery restructuring pressures mount
2 August 2012
The refining industry’s centre of gravity is moving east, with the most immediate consequences for the owners of Europe’s elderly refining capacity
Repsol benefits from Cartagena start-up as capacity doubles
2 August 2012
A bold investment in a once barely-economic refinery has given Repsol its ‘refinery of the future’
Malaysia plots Rapid rivalry with Singapore
30 May 2012
Malaysia is pitting itself against economic rival Singapore as it strives to develop a major $20 billion world-scale refinery and petrochemicals hub
In Siberia, a firm finds gas flares can be good business
24 May 2012
Burning off associated gas is a big problem for Russia. Sibur is building a business model around solving it
AtlasInvest in second European refinery acquisition
9 May 2012
Along with Vitol, AtlasInvest will buy and re-start the Cressier refinery in Switzerland
Chinese refiners get some relief from price rise
25 April 2012
China raised retail fuel prices in March by the most in almost three years in a move that will help refiners cut heavy losses but is unlikely to slow the country’s rapidly rising demand
Antwerp refinery to be acquired by Gunvor
6 March 2012
Trading company Gunvor, a large seller of Russian crudes, is to buy the Antwerp refinery from the administrators of Petroplus, which collapsed in January when lenders cut off its credit
Screw tightens on European refining
7 February 2012
Petroplus collapsed into administration in January, dashing hopes for the low-cost business model favoured by the independents and underlining the troubles in Europe's refining sector
LNG market set for Thai demand surprise
12 January 2012
Could the sudden jump in energy demand from Thailand make it the surprise LNG buyer this year?
Ambitious Iraqi refining plan needs huge investment
9 September 2011
Securing finance for the plans to double refining capacity could prove difficult
Europe’s refiners brace for loss of Syrian crude
19 August 2011
US sanctions against Syria – specifically targeting the oil sector – may have serious implications for European refiners, although crude prices are, in the short-term, unlikely to be affected