New Annual Meeting Sessions in 2016

The petrochemical and petroleum refining industries are always in flux. Whether it is new supplies like oil sands-derived synthetic crudes or tight oil crudes and condensates; new technologies like modelling enabled by advanced-computing power; improved sensor technologies; or new market...

/ January 8, 2016

Fueling Your Christmas: No Days Off For Refineries During The Holidays

Ah, December. As much as our personal activities go into high gear from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, it seems that work activity slacks off a bit at the end of the year. But while many people think December is...

/ December 23, 2015

Energy-related CO2 Emissions Have Fallen Across Almost Every State

This week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report saying that energy-related carbon emissions decreased across nearly every state between 2005 and 2013. This was news to many, but we have been saying something similar for months.

/ November 23, 2015

Five Myths about Refinery Utilization and Turnarounds

The chart below (EIA data for utilization of U.S. refinery operable capacity) shows that refinery utilization in 2015 has been higher than the past five years. Some press articles have speculated that this will lead to more operational problems in...

/ August 26, 2015