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August 1st, 2016


Masdar tests novel biodiesel chemical reactor

Reactor was designed to convert waste cooking oil into high-quality biodiesel in less time and with less energy

Series of oil & gas events arrive in Middle East

Set to take place between November this year and May 2017, the events will cover a wide range of markets including condensates, naphtha and base oil among others

Dutch firm completes first Al Zour contract

The project awarded in 2014 was Phase 1 of KNPC's $16bn+ investment programme

ArabPlast 2017 calls for more industry innovation

GCC's petrochemical industry needs to innovate in order to reach its full potential, say organisers of region's leading event

Saudi's Chemanol refinances Sharia-compliant debt

New facility has a higher profit rate and can be repaid in ten semi annual installments

Nakilat delivers five vessels to Qatar's NPP

The vessels are part of an eleven-vessel order for Qatar's $7.4bn New Port Project

Orpic achieves major safety milestone

Company recorded five million man hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) at its Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) project

UAE fuel prices set to rise in September

Petrol will increase by 2 fils for each grade, while diesel will drop by 4 fils

Sadara starts up first Saudi mixed feed cracker

Facility is capable of chaning between gas and liquid feedstock, something that has never been done in this region before

Sabic highlights commitment to job creation

Senior company official said company remains committed to creating more employment opportunities for young Saudis and further developing the Kingdom's manufacturing sectors

Schneider unveils new tool for process industries

Software as a Service technology was designed to help operators collect critical process data

Lanxess plans to double capacity at German plant

The plant specialises in the production of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane used in water purification processes

ENOC refinery receives international accreditation

Refinery is the first in the UAE to receive ISO certification for quality laboratory control

First of its kind lube oil software unveiled in ME

Software brings equipment data from locations around the world to provide maintenance advice and prevent machine failures

Qatar's Nakilat signs deal for LNG, LPG carriers

Company to equip its vessels with state of the art telecommunication systems which it says would result in significant cost savings

UOP to produce new catalysts for cleaner fuels

New hydrotreating technology will allow refined petroleum products to meet stringent international regulations

Dutch firm pioneers fraud protection service

Petrol Storage Broker has launched a new approach to risk management in response to growing number of frauds in the oil and gas sector

Wood Group bags new contract from SABIC in UK

Company will provide engineering design services to SABIC's Teesside complex in Wilton

Iran starts construction of $1bn petrochem plant

The Gachsaran plant will have a capacity of 5,000 tons of formic acid and 500 tons of vinyl acetate and generate over 400 jobs

Indonesia signs new deal with Iran

Sate-run energy firm Pertamina will import refined petroleum and petrochemical products from Iran's Petrochemical Commercial Company

Saudi, US step up plans for joint investments

Saudi Arabia is actively seeking partnerships with foreign firms to reduce its reliance on oil and diversify its economy

ENOC sets out new five-year growth strategy

New plan aims to support domestic and international expansion, as well as Dubai's growing demand for fuel in the run up to Expo 2021

Aramco likely to sign deals for two projects

British oilfield contractor Petrofac and Spanish EPC giant Tecnicas Reunidas are in line to win the contracts

Honeywell opens Automation College in Kuwait

Facility will offer more than 300 courses designed to address the challenges of local oil, gas and automation industries

Iraq starts up power generation plant

Facility will use previously flared gas to produce electricity for the power hungry nation

O&G producers making headway in HSE - IOSH

Despite its reputation as one of the most injury-prone industries in the world, HSE standards in the GCC's energy sector are fast improving, according to Neelesh Sogani of IOSH, Oman

Wading through the water crisis

Zakia Bahjou of Dow Water & Process Solutions, tells RPME about the importance of responsible water management by industries in the region

Oman's Liwa plastics complex delayed to 2020

Initial estimates suggested the project would be completed by Q2, 2019

Orpic studying expansion of Al Jifnain terminal

Oman's state-run refiner is looking to add one million cubic metres (m3) of additional storage capacity to meet growing demand for fuel in the country

Iran blames banks for slow EU exports

Tehran accuses European banks of lack of cooperation, says its petrochemical exports to EU states have suffered as a result

Petrotech 2016 conference programme announced

A strong line up of speakers and a four-day programme of events have been revealed for the 10th Middle East Petrotech 2016 Conference and Exhibition

Sales at Saudi-German joint venture drop 14%

Company blamed ongoing price pressures for synthetic rubber, and plant outages at one of its Asian suppliers for the decline

Nissan unveils first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

Van runs on bio-ethanol electric power, and is compatible with multiple fuel types, including ethanol and natural gas

Sohar refinery project delayed until Q1 2017

Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) in Oman will fail to meet estimated completion date in 2016-end due to a delay, Oil Minister Mohammad al-Rumhy has said

Kuwait's fuel reforms likely to face opposition

Government's recent announcement to raise gasoline prices by as much as 83% from September might meet resistance

Chemical sector key to water sustainability- GPCA

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the GPCA, says producers should be encouraged to take preventive and corrective actions to maximise water use

GCC's water sector can benefit from innovation

Technology needs to be at the forefront of the region’s water efficiency strategies, according to industrial software giant GE

Iran's water market: awash with opportunities

The easing of international sanctions on Iran is promising to open up one of the world’s largest markets for water and wastewater infrastructure, says report

MEGlobal breaks ground on $1bn US facility

The plant being built at the Dow Oyster Creek site in Freeport,Texas is expected to start operations in late 2019

Orpic invites bids for flare gas recovery system

The successful bidder will be awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) of the flare gas recovery unit at Sohar refinery

GCC fertilizer capacity to expand 14% by 2021

Production capacity is set to expand to 43.1mn tonnes in the next five years, finds a new report by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association

Oman-Iran economic ties continue to grow

Closer economic ties between Oman and Iran are creating significant opportunities for the Sultanate's downstream industry

EPC: Petrochemicals set for slow but steady growth

Slowdown in global demand and new capacity additions will continue to challenge petrochemical producers in the region and globally, write experts at Euro Petroleum Consultants DMCC

What is plant turnaround and how to get it right?

Far from being just like any other maintenance job, plant turnarounds are absolutely vital to production since any error, however small, can cause long-lasting and potentially irreversible damage

Egypt dismisses rumours of refinery IPO

There are no plans to list shares of state-owned Cairo Oil Refining Company, Petroleum Ministry said

Fire breaks out at Iran petchem complex

Incident is the latest in a string of fires on petrochemical and storage facilities in the country

Dow named official carbon partner for the Olympics

US chemical giant eyes 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emission reducitons and a further 1.5mn tonnes in the form of primary or secondary climate benefits

Emerson makes donation to Malaysian university

Company donated unlimited licenses of its reservoir management software as part of its efforts to support the next generation of geoscientists in the region

New process enables chemicals poduction from LNG

Engineered ceramic-based conversion approach makes the direct, non-oxidative conversion of gas to liquids possible for the first time

Zanganeh blames fires on lack of HSE funding

Insufficient investment in health and safety is to blame for recent incidents on two petrochemical sites in Iran, oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has said

Siemens wins $225.5mn contract for KNPC project

Company has upgraded the high-voltage substations at Mina Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries as part of Kuwait's Clean Fuels Project

Study reveals environmental cost of plastics

Scientists have found that the environmental impact of plastics used in consumer goods and packaging is four times lower compared to alternative materials

Kuwait's gasoline prices to rise 83% in September

Move comes as government seeks to reduce impact of low oil prices on its budget

Ten people in hospital after fire at petchem plant

Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition following the July 7 blaze at Iran's Bu Ali Sina petrochemical complex

EPC confirm dates for key event in Bahrain

This year's Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference will take place on 26-27 October at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama

Sipchem releases first ever sustainability report

Report reflects the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, society and environment

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