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    Continued Declines in Venezuelan Petroleum Industry

    In Venezuela, the petroleum industry has been under the control of the military for some time now. This has evolved into intimidation of workers like cargo inspectors whose job is to be an independant third party verifying both quantity and quity of a shipment (I worked my way through college as...
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    Motiva to Replace PDVSA as Curacao Refinery Operator

    Motiva is the front runner to replace PDVSA as operator of the Isla refinery on Curacao. This refinery has been shut down since May due to court judgments against PDVSA nationalizing other projects over the past 10 years or so. Also, further expansion of the Motiva Port Arthur facility...
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    ConocoPhilips Reaches Payment Agreement With PDVSA

    ConocoPhilips has reached a settlement with PDVSA on receiving payments from Venezuela for assets seized in the Caribbean due to nationalization of assets in Venezuela last decade by the late Papa Smurf of South America, Hugo Chavez. However there are lots of other creditors of PDVSA still in...
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    Andeavor Dickinson, ND Refinery Converting to Biofuels (mayb3

    The Andeavor Dickinson, ND refinery is likrly to change from process8ng crude oil to biofuels (from animal + plant sources). FWIW, Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) is being purchased by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (which is making life weird at my house). <a...
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    INEOS Building New PAO Facility

    INEOS has let a contract for a new PAO production facility in Chocolate Bayou, TX. With the many NGL to petrochemicals steam cracking plants being built in the USGC, will PAO economics squeeze out GTL technology as a lube base stock in coming years due to the surfeit of future ethylene...
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    BP Partners With Plaztics-To-Fuels Company

    Following up from my older post on US Govt. position on cracking waste plastics to fuels, BP has agreed to offtake the production from just such a facility here in the US. <a href="http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2018/03/res-polyflow-announces-renewable-fuel-agreement-with-bp"...
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    Motiva Cancels Plans to Expand Port Arthur Refiner

    Motiva has cancelled plans to spend additional $US billions to expand their refinery in Port Arthur, TX - which is the largest single refinery in the USA. Saudi Aramco, the sole owner of Motiva, cites experiences from Hurricane Harvey for the change in plans. Saudi Aramco now plans to expand its...
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    Conoco Phillips Soezing PDVSA Assets

    After its recent judgement win, Conoco Phillips has begun seizing assets of PDVSA, the Venezuelan national oil company, that are outside Venexuela in the Caribbean. This involves the Dutch government since these assets are in yhe Netherlands Antilles. PDVSA has ordered tankers to head back to...
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    Conoco Phillips Wins Judgement Against PDVSA

    Conoco Phillips won a $2 billion judgement against seizure of its assets in Venezuela last decade, which of course became part of the Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA. This judgement represents about 20% of the Venezuelan government reserves. What remains to be seen is CoP actually...
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    Venezuela Arrests US Chevron Employees for Treason

    Venezuela's intelligence services arrested two US employees of Chevron and charged them with treason for not signing a (apparently inflated) supply contract. They can be held without due process. <a...
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    New Interpretation on Small Refiners Exemption & R

    Interesting trend in current interpretation of regulations regarding the small refiners'exemption and renewable fuels blending. Now it appears to apply on a per facility basis rather than a per company basis. If this interpretation had applied earlier, the two refineries in Hawaii would likely...
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    Saudi ARAMCO Joint Ventures in Maylaysia

    Saudi ARAMCO continues to spread investment around the globe with two joint ventures in Maylaysia, which help guarantee outlets for the crude oil produced in Saudi Arabia. <a href="http://www.saudiaramco.com/en/home/news-media/news/petronas-aramco-announce-formation-two-joint-ventures.html"...
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    Saudi ARAMCO Building Petrochemicals At Home

    Saudi ARAMCO investing $8 - $10 billion wiyh French entities to build a petrochemical complex in Jubail. <a href="http://www.arabnews.com/node/1282206/business-economy" target="_blank">http://www.arabnews.com/node/1282206/business-economy</a> <a...
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    Saudi ARAMCO Looking at US Petrochemicals

    Previously reported grassroots joint venture between XOM & SABIC, now that ARAMCO is the sole owner of the Port Arthur refinery, that group of Saudis is looking to further expand that facility and add petrochemicals. Will also soon have a IPO. <a...
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    Products From Crude Oil Chart

    I thought this chart was interesting. It's certainly not all inclusive but details some things other than the commonly thought of transportation fuels, lubricants, and asphalt as well as those products. <a class="lb-image-link" rel="shadowbox[664075abf3abd37097]"...
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    GTL Plant to be built in Canada

    The article describes this as a commercial scale GTL plant, but it will only produce 500 BPD, about two tanker truckloads, of naphtha and diesel. <a href="https://www.kallanishenergy.com/2017/12/04/rocky-mountain-gtl-to-build-canadian-gtl-project/"...
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    My Wife's Mustang Got Wrecked

    2011 V6 automatic Mustang with premium interior, 48K miles, well maintained (of course). Got the determination from insurance today they're totaling it. Some 30 year old from Minnesota pulled out right in front of my wife last Tuesday morning to cross a 4 lane divided 40 MPH street from one...
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    New Recall RAM Trucks

    I got an email from MyCarfax today about a new recall affecting my 2012 Ram truck involving potential failure of the front fuel tank bracket. Says "Remedy Not Yet Available" though, unsurprisingly. Thought I'd share here so other Ram owners can check their VIN's.
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    Who likes To BBQ?

    Spring has sprung here! I haven't done nearly as much outdoor cooking since moving to SA due to health issues, but that's fixin' to change! <a class="lb-image-link" rel="shadowbox[664075aa88fa415a00]"...
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    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

    Anyone else here checked out Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon Video? Ten episodes are out in the first season. I thought they did a particularly good job jazzing things up to reflect current visions of next-generation technology. Good cast & good SFX. My favorite was probably their...
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