Refining & marketing
Mol prioritises petchems
16 March 2020
CEE’s leading integrated oil and gas firm is putting petrochemicals at the centre of its near-term growth strategy
US-China deal to drive HK bunkering role
21 January 2020
The phase one trade agreement signed between the US and China can revive Hong Kong’s standing as an international trading port, and points to its potential re-emergence as a supplier of bunker fuel
China targets Singapore bunkering
14 January 2020
Chinese tax reform will trigger a gradual shift in the bunker fuel market away from Asia’s dominant hub
Refiners over a barrel?
6 January 2020
Challenges and costs increase as ageing oil fields reach the ‘babushka’ stage
Operating models are the key to gas success
2 January 2020
Global gas demand is certain to increase but exact predictions are impossible—so an end-to-end operating approach is required
Downstream slumbers as plastics backlash grows
19 December 2019
Recycling will increasingly alter supply fundamentals, while legislation targeting single-use plastics will erode demand
Aramco rethinks downstream priorities
22 November 2019
Riyadh's stuttering attempt to attract international investors to state oil firm Saudi Aramco's chimeric initial public offering (IPO) is forcing a re-evaluation of downstream projects
Plastic recycling threatens oil demand growth
15 November 2019
Technology developments could take a chunk out of demand forecasts, but the impact may be just to moderate growth rather than shrink overall demand
Algeria sees petchems progress
4 October 2019
A contract award marks a rare sign of movement on Algeria’s stalled downstream development plans
Nigeria’s refining renaissance
2 October 2019
Africa’s leading oil producer is looking to replace its archaic and underutilised refining capacity with the aim of becoming a global player
Chinese refiners to flood the market
23 August 2019
Chinese exports from its refinery overcapacity to increase Asian market disruption
Russia embarks on petchems push
26 July 2019
Moscow sets ambitious targets to capitalise on feedstock abundance
Sanctions squeeze Venezuela's heavy crude output
18 July 2019
Latin America's economically troubled oil giant faces the difficult task of significantly raising Asian crude grades
Druzhba's lasting impact
7 June 2019
Oil contamination on a key Russian export pipeline that shocked the markets may echo long after the fuel has been cleaned up
Plastics recycling technologies compete in circular economy
14 March 2019
A backlash against single-use plastics is encouraging recycling into intermediate products and fuels, complicating world oil demand forecasts
Americas target petrochemicals
10 January 2019
The region is playing a more prominent role in global petrochemical capital investments
Plastic recycling to hit oil producers
7 January 2019
The rise of plastics recycling plants may stunt demand for oil
US refiners ramp up fuel exports
3 January 2019
Surging fuel production will leave refiners well placed in 2019 to meet both domestic and external demand
Refining pivots towards Asia
17 December 2018
Refining expansions were focused East of Suez, as the likes of China and India ramped up processing capacity and rubber-stamped new projects
Iran's downstream braces for the challenge
14 December 2018
Iran’s downstream sector is almost as important for the country’s economic and strategic goals as the headline-hogging upstream
China's teapots are filling up
16 July 2018
Chinese authorities are giving independent refiners greater freedom to source their own supplies of crude oil
Aramco ploughs ahead
26 June 2018
The jewel in the kingdom's crown is concentrating on downstream joint ventures, as it awaits the IPO go-ahead
Can new upgraders solve Alberta’s differential dilemma?
25 May 2018
The government wants to help ailing oil sands producers by funding new upgraders
Global refining capacity is going to keep growing
24 April 2018
Fast-growing markets are adding more plants and eking out gains at older ones. What's coming on, where, and when?
Refiners and finance: who's winning and where?
20 April 2018
Companies that splurged on sophisticated capacity additions, like Repsol and Tüpraş, and the majors with balanced upstream-downstream portfolios will benefit most
Middle distillates take centre stage
20 April 2018
Oil-product demand, especially for middle distillates, is rising more quickly that processing capacity. It's good news for refiners