Monday, July 13, 2020

Chemical News

China Grants Zheijang First Private Fuel Export License

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China has granted Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co (ZPC) a license to export refined oil products, making it the first private oil refiner to win such permission, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.The…

China's Sinopec Starts Hiring for New Risk Management Unit

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China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec Group, has started hiring for six top management positions for a new commodities risk management unit, according to a statement posted on the state energy company's official wechat…

BP to Sell Petrochemicals Business to Ineos for $5B

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British oil major BP will sell its global petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion, a transaction delivering BP's divestments target a year earlier than originally scheduled.Brian Gilvary, BP’s chief financial officer…

China to Boost Energy Reserve Capacity, Support Unconventional Gas Exploration

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China said on Friday it will bolster the capacity of the country's energy reserves and offer lower gas and electricity charges to key industries, as it looks to ensure energy supply and offset the impact of the coronavirus…

Japan's JXTG to Spend $14B on Low-Carbon Transformation

JXTG Holdings Inc, Japan's biggest oil refiner, said on Wednesday it will spend 1.5 trillion yen ($14 billion) for the next three years to drive its transformation into a supplier of low-carbon energy and materials.The planned spending…

OMV Sees Hope for Oil Price Recovery in Second Half 2020

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Austrian energy group OMV sees hope for a recovery in oil prices in the second half of 2020 helped by increased fuel demand and output cuts by producers such as Saudi Arabia, its chief executive said.The spread of the…

Virus Lockdowns Pummel Global Gas Demand, Force LNG Output Cuts

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Lockdowns to slow the coronavirus pandemic are pummelling gas demand in the world's biggest buyers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), pushing Asia's spot prices to record lows and forcing some suppliers to start cutting output.

More Disruption and Uncertainty in Store for Petrochemicals

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The impact of the coronavirus lockdowns on the oil, gas and chemicals industries’ integrated value chains is radically shifting relationships and profitability.It is also making planning virtually impossible, as BASF…

Exxon Posts First Loss in 30 Years on $3 Bln Writedown, Oil Plunge

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Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday posted its first quarterly loss in three decades on plunging oil demand and collapsing prices, reporting a $610 million quarterly deficit after a nearly $3 billion inventory writedown.Global…

Cygnus 1 IS Gauge Certified to IECEX

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Cygnus Instruments announced its Cygnus 1 IS Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge now has IECEx Zone 0 Certification.In 1996 the IECEx was established through the initiative of the Ex industry and with support from certification bodies in the UK…

Linde, Hyosung to Build World’s Largest Liquid Hydrogen Plant in S. Korea

South Korea's Hyosung and the global industrial gases provider Linde Group will invest in the construction of a liquid hydrogen plant on an area of about 30,000 square meters within the site of Hyosung Yongyeon plant…

New Enhanced Digital Smart Positioner

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Rotork has introduced the new digital smart positioner which is appropriate for both control and on/off valve applications where enhanced diagnostics are required. It is ideal for highly critical applications in chemical/petrochemical…

Petrochemicals: Weak Margins Sweep Asia

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Asian petrochemical makers, who are unable to pass down sky-high feedstock costs, are resorting to run cuts or extending cracker shutdown periods to tie through the bad times.The gloom was evident across South Korea, Asia's top naphtha importer…

Oil Prices Climb on Hopes of Deeper OPEC+ Production Cuts

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Oil prices edged higher on Thursday as investors focused on the possibility of deeper supply cuts from the world's biggest producers, whilst largely shrugging off reports which cut demand forecasts after the coronavirus outbreak in China…

U.S. Oil Firms' Quarterly Reports to Show Depths of Slump

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Investors are in for more bad news on the energy front in the coming weeks as a host of the sector's biggest companies report quarterly results following the historic collapse in oil prices.Forecasts for U.S. energy sector…

PetroChina Resumes Guangdong Refinery Construction

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Asia'a largest oil and gas firm PetroChina resumed construction of its oil refinery and petrochemical project in southern Chinese province of Guangdong, as the number of new coronavirus cases fell for a second straight day.In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus,

Oxy Slashing Jobs 'Significantly'

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Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Wednesday it would begin dismissing workers in a new cost-cutting move following its $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum.The company has already "significantly" cut staff through a voluntary program…

China to Launch State Pipeline Group

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China plans to launch its long-awaited national oil and gas pipeline company on Monday, part of a sector-wide reform aimed at providing fair market access to infrastructure and boost investment in oil and gas production.Most of the country's pipeline infrastructure is c

Oil Giants Set Health Checks, Work-from-home Rules

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Major energy companies in the United States imposed work-from-home rules for office staff and began health checks for remote or critical workers as coronavirus spread and threatened an industry reeling from falling demand and profits.BP…

Chinese Buyers Snap Up U.S. Oil Purchases at Widest Discounts Ever

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China has increased U.S. crude purchases with some buyers snapping up cargoes at the widest discounts ever as sellers seek to offload excess supplies in Asia, six trade sources said on Wednesday.China started processing…