Posts Tagged ‘REFINERY’

Chevron U.S.A.’s base oil facility begins production

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula refinery. Base oils produced at Pascagoula will add to capacity from the company’s refinery in Richmond, California, and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea, approximately doubling Chevron’s […] [...]

Ergon plans significant expansion of Appalachian operations

JACKSON — Ergon Inc. plans to enhance its subsidiaries’ facilities in the Appalachian Basin. The Appalachian Basin comprises the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale Plays. Several Ergon subsidiaries, including Ergon-West Virginia Inc., its refinery, acquired from Quaker State in 1997, Ergon Oil Purchasing Inc., Ergon Terminaling Inc., Ergon Trucking Inc. and Magnolia Marine Transport Company, […] [...]

Biofuel manufacturer KiOR begins layoffs at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR is laying off employees as it idles its Mississippi refinery, intensifying questions about the future of the cash-strapped company. The company said yesterday that it has cut 18 employees. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, said 55 employees remain at the Columbus plant. “Given the company’s limited cash flow, we do […] [...]

OSHA fines Chevron for fatal explsion at Coast refinery

PASCAGOULA — Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery has been fined $24,000 related to the November explosion and fire that left one employee dead, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tonya Graddy of Semmes, Ala., a five-year operator for the refinery, was killed Nov. 15 when an explosion occurred in the furnace of the Cracking II […] [...]

Supervisors offer option on land to KiOR for plant

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has offered to extend an option on the former Belwood Country Club property to alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR. KiOR previously had a contract signed on a 120 acre-tract of the county-owned Belwood property but the option had expired. Board attorney Scott Slover tells The Natchez Democrat KiOR […] [...]

Interstate pipeline complete, transporting fuel to eastern U.S.

COLLINS — Construction of the approximately 141-mile, 16-inch diameter Parkway Pipeline, a 50-50 joint venture between Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. and Valero Energy Corp, is complete and is now transporting refined petroleum products from refineries in Norco, La., to an existing petroleum transportation hub in Collins, owned by Plantation Pipe Line Company. From this […] [...]

Pipeline cutting through wetlands to Chevron plant

JACKSON COUNTY — Heavy machinery is cutting wide ditches through 41 miles of wetlands in Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports that Plains Southcap ,LLC of Mobile, Ala., is getting its two-foot-wide pipeline for crude oil into the ground rapidly. The pipeline’s path runs from 10 miles northwest of Mobile through eastern Jackson County to […] [...]

KiOR plant achieves three production milestones

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc. reports that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus has achieved several key operational milestones. The facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Also, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the […] [...]

Biotech group sends letter to Cochran urging mandatory funding

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A group of Mississippi biotechnology companies and state associations have written Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), urging him to support mandatory funding for renewable energy programs in a new Farm Bill. Elevance Renewable Sciences of Natchez and DuPont Corporation, which has operations in Pass Christian and Pascagoula, sent the letter along with supporters […] [...]

Town signs lease deal with biofuels company

GLOSTER — The town of Gloster has signed a lease with Drax Biomass International for its Amite BioEnergy wood pellet plant. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the 15-year lease calls for the company to pay the town $8,000 per year for the first 10 years and $9,000 for the next five. There are options to continue […] [...]

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