Refining & marketing
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
China's teapot growth
22 February 2018
The expansion has been boosted by bigger import quotas and a buying alliance
Iran's best foot forward
3 January 2018
The petrochemicals sector seeks to overcome financing and previous mismanagement problems to prepare for its expansion
Latin America's continental contraction
5 December 2017
The region has seen a decade of surging crude consumption come to a crashing halt. Refining woes mean imports are still on the rise
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