The Iranian and Chinese governments are working closely with PDVSA to restart the 940kbd (47Mnta) Paraguana refinery complex (CRP) and replenish an almost exhausted fuel supply, having sent over catalyst, refinery parts and technicians to the plant.
Numaligarh Refinery has awarded a contract to Thyssenkrupp to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the expansion of its 60kbd (3Mnta) refinery in the Golaghat district of Assam, India, which will increase capacity to 180kbd (9Mnta) and scheduled to be completed by 2024.
Mid-May, China’s independent refineries are to receive their first US crude oil cargo since December 2019 in line with its trade pact to buy an additional $18.5 Bn of energy goods from the US on top of 2017 volumes. Volumes will gradually go up in June and July.
Pilipinas Shell is to temporarily shutter its 110kbd (5.5Mnta) Tabangao refinery in Batangas City, Philippines, for one month in order conserve cash as fuel demand continues to be reduced as the country’s enhanced community quarantine to fight the spread of coronavirus remains in place.
Rompetrol Rafinare has completed a 45-day general maintenance at its 5 million-tonne/year Petromidia refinery in Navodari, Romania, which focused on maintenance operations and compliance, but also on new projects to support the refinery's future growth..