Crude oil

China may extend refined fuel export quota into next year

China may tweak a proposed sharp increase in refined fuel export quotas for this year by extending the plan into next year, as it weighs the benefits to the economy of higher exports against low domestic stocks and operational challenges.

bp layoffs at Ohio refinery after fire indicate prolonged shutdown

bp laid off most contractors at the approximately 160,000 barrel-per-day Toledo, Ohio, refinery it owns with Cenovus Energy Inc, indicating that the plant will experience a prolonged shutdown following last week's explosion and fire.

Strikes knock already struggling French refined products sector

More than 60% of France's refining capacity is offline as strikes over pay and unplanned maintenance pile pressure on the refined products sector.

IRPC 2022: Combining incremental crude processing and enhanced residue upgradation at low cost

Session three of IRPC focused on sustainability. To open the session, Arun Arora and Malini Warrer from Chevron Lummus Global and Vinod Ramaseshan from Saudi Aramco delivered a presentation titled, “Heavy Oil Processing Initiative Combining Incremental Crude Processing and Enhanced Residue Upgradation at Low Cost and Energy.”

TotalEnergies Feyzin refinery shut to at least mid-October

TotalEnergies' 119,000 bpd Feyzin oil refinery in southern France is likely to remain offline until mid-October at the earliest, a CGT union delegate said on Monday.

The downstream rundown: In case you missed it 09/23

In case you missed any downstream news, here are the top stories from last week.

Galp's Sines refinery to shut down for 25 days in October

Portugal's 220,000 barrels per day Sines refinery, owned by Galp Energia, will shut down for 25 days starting on a yet unspecified date in October for planned maintenance.

Repsol to begin two-month turnaround at Tarragona oil refinery in Spain

Spanish energy giant Repsol is investing 100 MM euros to reduce emissions at its 186,000 bpd Tarragona refinery in Spain, which begins two months of maintenance at the end of the week.

Strike action hits ExxonMobil’s oil and petrochemical plants in France

Strike action has reduced output at Exxon Mobil's 240,000 barrel per day (bpd) Port Jerome-Gravenchon oil refinery and Notre Dame de Gravenchon (NDG) petrochemical site in France

Fire caused by lightning storm hits Venezuela's Puerto la Cruz refinery

A fire caused by a lightning storm broke out at Venezuela's Puerto la Cruz refinery on Monday, leaving a tall plume of black smoke, according to government officials and sources.