Billings Gazette, April 29, 2016

Sinclair Oil's refinery in Casper, Wyoming is in the middle of a massive overhaul. The 25,000 bpd refinery has been shut down all of April and will likely remain shut down through May while crews renovate or replace major process equipment throughout the facility.

Stress Engineering Services, April 28, 2016

Stress Engineering Services, Pro-Surve Technical Services, and Calculated Controls jointly announced the forming of a strategic alliance designed to offer refineries, chemical, petro-chemical plants, and power stations a coordinated planning-to-completion solution for turnarounds, projects, and fire damage assessments.

ABC News, April 26, 2016

The death toll has now risen to 32 and more than 130 people have reportedly been injured after a petrochemical plant in Mexico was rocked by a massive explosion last week. All workers...

EPA Fines Tesoro $720k for Safety Violations at Anacortes Refinery
Yakima Herald, April 26, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly fined Tesoro Corp. $750,000 for alleged safety violations previously discovered at the company's 120,000 bpd refinery in Anacortes, WA.

Meridium Adds API 581 3rd Edition to APM Mechanical Integrity
Meridium, Inc., April 25, 2016

Meridium, Inc., a global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and services, has announced that its APM software V3. is compliant with the new API RP 581, Risk-Based Inspection Methodology, Third Edition recommended practice that was announced on April 12, 2016. Trinity Bridge, LLC CEO Lynne C. Kaley, Master Editor of the Third Edition, partnered with Meridium to ensure full compliance with the latest standard.

Reuters via Yahoo Finance, April 25, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc was forced to shut down a fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) at the company's 316,000 bpd Deer Park refinery near Houston last week. A mechanical failure reportedly caused the outage and sources have told Reuters the repairs on the FCCU will take up to six weeks to complete.

MarketsandMarkets, April 25, 2016

The global market for heat exchangers is projected to grow to $19.14 billion (USD) by 2021 according to a report recently released by MarketsandMarkets. The report segments the market by type into shell & tube, plate & frame, and air cooled, and by application into chemical, petrochemical and oil & gas...

Crude Unit Shut Down for Planned Maintenance at Exxon
Reuters, April 25, 2016

Planned maintenance has begun on several units at ExxonMobil's 344,600 bpd refinery in Beaumont, TX. According to sources familiar with plant operations, a 110,000 bpd crude distillation unit (CDU) will be worked on for the next 60 - 70 days...

Explosion at Pemex Plant Kills at Least 13
Reuters, April 21, 2016

A massive explosion yesterday at a Pemex petrochemical plant in Mexico has killed at least 13 people and injured over 130 others. A leak reportedly caused the blast at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV) petrochemical plant in the Gulf state of Veracruz, however...

OxyChem Announces $145 Million Expansion at Geismar Plant
The Advocate, April 20, 2016

Occidental Chemical Corp. (OxyChem) recently announced a $145 million expansion of the company's manufacturing plant in Geismar, Louisiana. The expansion will reportedly create 250 temporary construction jobs and 12 new permanent jobs at the facility.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Now Open for North America
BZ Media LLC, April 20, 2016

An open Call for Presentations has been released for InterDrone 2016, an International Drone Conference & Exposition being held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from September 7-9, 2016.

Fire at Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Plant Claims 12 Lives; Injures 11 Others
News, April 20, 2016

United Petrochemical Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), experienced a fire at the company's petrochemical plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Trib Live, April 19, 2016

Console Energy CEO Nick Deluliis predicts that multiple ethane cracking plants will be built in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in the next 10 years. “If you look at the demand for ethylene and plastics within 500 miles of this region, 50 percent of the demand exists” within that radius, said DeIuliis, adding...

Daily Sabah, April 19, 2016

Turkish Petroleum Refineries Co. (a.k.a. TUPRAS) has reported that a fire over the weekend at the company's 11 million tons/year Izmit Refinery, killed one worker and injured four others.

American Petroleum Institute Supports New Drone Technology
American Petroleum Institute, April 18, 2016

The American Petroleum Institute (API) applauded the Senate passage of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization and, in particular, a provision in the legislation that would allow unmanned aircraft system (UAS) utilization for oil and gas facilities, refineries, and pipeline inspection and response activities.

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