Optimization

Marathon, Andeavor shareholders approve merger

Shareholders of both Marathon Petroleum Corp. and US independent Andeavor, formerly Tesoro Corp., have voted to approve the combination of the two companies to create the largest US refiner by capacity and one of the…


ExxonMobil plots major upgrades at UK refinery

ExxonMobil Corp. is considering a plan to make major upgrades at subsidiary Esso Petroleum Co.’s 270,000-b/d Fawley refinery near Southampton, UK. Intended to enable the refinery to help meet the UK’s changing fuel demand and…


ADNOC commissions PDH unit at Ruwais integrated complex

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. subsidiary ADNOC Refining has reached full production of polymer-grade propylene from its newly commissioned propane dehydrogenation unit at its more than 800,000-b/d integrated Ruwais refining and petrochemical hub in the…


Gazprom lets contract for Salavat integrated complex

PJSC Gazprom subsidiary JSC Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat has let a contract to Wison Engineering Services Co. Ltd. subsidiary Wison Engineering Ltd. to provide technical support for a natural gas-to-polyolefins (ethylene and propylene) project at its…


Russian operator commissions methanol-ammonia plant

United Chemical Co. Shchekinoazot has commissioned a methanol and ammonia coproduction plant in Russia’s Tula region. Entered into service in early September, the plant—which is equipped to produce 450,000 tonnes/year of methanol and 135,000 tpy…




Methanex lets contract for Geismar 3 methanol plant

Methanex Corp., Vancouver, BC, has let a contract to Johnson Matthey PLC to license its proprietary autothermal reforming (ATR) and methanol technology for a 5,000-tonne/day methanol plant to be built adjacent to Methanex’s existing methanol…


ExxonMobil considers chemical complex in China

ExxonMobil Corp. has signed a cooperation framework agreement with the government of China’s Guangdong Province to advance discussions concerning proposed construction of a grassroots chemical complex in the Huizhou Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park.


Petronas lets contract for Melaka refining complex

Petronas, through a contractor, has let a contract to ABB Ltd., Zurich, to modify existing and install new electrical systems and an electrical network monitoring and control system at Petronas’ two-trained 270,000-b/d refinery complex in…