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April 1st, 2016


Flow Metres: Taking out the guesswork

Temperature and flow meters play an important role in maintaining smooth operations throughout the refining and petrochemical cycle. We look at how smart design and automation can improve efficiency and lower operational cost

Engineering Focus: Under Pressure?

We look at the latest fully integrated compressor solutions and how those can benefit and improve downstream operations as the GCC continues to feel the strain from lower oil prices

Interview: Back to basics

Essam Al Sheibany, general manager, Mina Al Fahal, Orpic, tells RPME how with absolutely no capital investment the plant achieved its highest utilisation rate to date

Interview: Family Fortunes

Hassan Baalbaki, chairman of Baalbaki Chemical Industries (BCI), tells ArabianOilandGas how from a small subsidiary of his family business, BCI became a leading independent producer of polyurethane in the region

omanoil to build new terminal in Dhofar, Oman

Medium-size facility will be utilised for marine bunkering and product trading

Milaha Gas & Petrochem sees revenue jump 63% in Q1

Net profit grew by 23%, driven by investment in two LNG carriers in H2, 2015

PetroRabigh starts operations at expanded cracker

Expansion will increase ethane processing capacity to 125mn scfd

PetroRabigh reports $8.7mn loss in Q1

Company posted net profit of $57.7mn for the same period the year before

Qatargas brings first MBR wastewater plant to GCC

Facility is first if its kind to use Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) technology

Milaha wins contract extension with Muntajat

Company to export over 150,000 TEU of petrochemicals from Qatar

Cyberhawk marks oil & gas first in Qatar

Company conducted first ever drone inspection of an onshore refinery in March

Apicorp acquires controlling stake at UK tech firm

Acquisition is part of company's plans to rebalance its portfolio through geographical diversification of its equity investments

Kuwait's oil output drops by 2/3 amid protests

Production fell to 1.1mn barrels per day from its usual 3mn

BASF signs MoU worth $6.7bn with Iran- report

German company has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Iranian petrochemical firm for the construction of large scale downstream complex

Fire at Sabic subsidiary kills 12, injures 11

Plant is operated by United Petrochemical Company, subsidiary of Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp

ADNOC's Al Abraj station closes for maintenance

Closure part of periodic maintenance across the country and could last up to 20 days

GPCA calls for better supply chain efficiencies

Petrochemical producers should focus on optimising their supply chain processes if they are to retain export market share, says the GPCA

KNPC: refinery units closure unrelated to strikes

Company said it had to shut down some units at its Al Ahmadi refinery for routine maintenance

Now is the time to invest in Iran- report

Country's plans to develop non-oil sector and diversify economy offer great opportunities for foreign investors

Aramco is laying groundwork for IPO, says report

Company's recent move to consolidate its downstream assets have been seen as part of its plan to prepare itself for an initial public offering

ADNOC opens new service station in Abu Dhabi

Al Manara station is the newest addition to the company's network in the emirate

Total launches two new engine oils at Dubai event

Company unveiled the Quartz 9000 Future FGC for gasoline engines and the Rubia Fleet HD 500 20W50 for diesel vehicles

PDO awards $370mn contract to L&T India subsidiary

Deal was signed with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, a subsidiary of Indian construction giant Larsen and Toubro

India could invest $20bn in Iran's energy sector

South Asian country interested in petrochemicals, ports and crude oil imports

Al Madina Logistics awarded contract by Oman Oil

Company to provide outsourced storage services for petroleum derivatives and engine oil

Iran plans 14 petrochemical projects in 2016-17

Projects will raise petchem capacity in the country by about 6 to 7mn tonnes

Borouge honours employees in field of innovation

Fifty-eight employees were awarded for generating innovative ideas and contributing to the company's development

Dow wins US Water Prize

Company recognised for contributions to sustainable water management in the US

Evoqua scoops contract for Orpic's Sohar project

Deal was signed with an undisclosed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor

Aramco, Sabic mull joint refinery in Yanbu

Plant will produce chemical products directly from crude oil

GCC called on to invest in specialty chemicals

ArabianOilandGas.com spoke to BCG's energy expert Mirko Rubeis about the region-wde benefits of developing the specialty chemicals sector

Saudi Arabia, Egypt to sign $21.5bn energy deals

$20bn to go towards meeting Egypt's energy demands and $1.5bn will be invested in projects in the Sinai

KNPC eyeing "good profits" in 2016

Although financial results haven't been reviewed yet, Kuwait's top refiner expects to see sizable earnings

Sabic starts trial operations at Kemya plant

Trials have begun at the carbon black and utilities unit of the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company rubber plant

Epicor bags contracts for next-gen ERP software

Firm was selected by Gemini Technical Industries (GTI) and Sahara Trading Company for its Epicor ERP software

Aramco completes joint venture deal with Lanxess

Equally owned synthetic rubber company was launched on April 1

Orpic to commission Al Jifnain facility in 2017

Project was expected to be completed by the end of this year

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