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Asia Will Contribute 54% of Global Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units Capacity Additions by 2022, Says GlobalData

Asia is forecast to be the major contributor to the growth of the global refinery fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU) industry between 2018 and 2022, accounting for around 54% of the global planned and announced refinery FCCU capacity additions by 2022, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The company’s report: ‘Global Refinery […]

UAE Boosts Production, Introduces New Crude Blend

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the producer of nearly all of the oil in the UAE, began producing and exporting a new crude grade, Umm Lulu, in October, an ADNOC spokesman told Reuters, in a move that will help raise the Middle Eastern producer’s exports as OPEC is relaxing the production cuts to […]

Top Oil Trader Still Sees Higher Prices In 2019

Three weeks ago, when Brent Crude prices hit $80 a barrel on fears of an imminent supply crunch with the Iran sanctions, one of the world’s top oil traders—Trafigura—was one of the first to start talking about a return of $100 oil. Three weeks later, Brent Crude is again trading at nearly $80 as of […]

Factbox: U.S., Saudi Arabia have leverage on each other; using it has costs

The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a mutually dependent relationship for seven decades based on a central bargain: the kingdom would pump oil and the superpower would provide security. The interests that bind, and sometimes divide, the two range from the price of oil and containing Iran, to counter-terrorism, the wars in Syria […]

U.S. manufacturers’ short-term capability to switch fuels continues to decline

Some manufacturing plants can take advantage of relative price differences and cope with supply shortages by switching the fuels used in their furnaces, boilers, ovens, and other combustors. In the United States, the capability of the manufacturing sector to switch the fuels it uses has declined in recent decades, as described in a new report […]


Candidates for parish presidencies are reaching out to voters with increased engagements in a handful of parishes, including Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana and Plaquemines. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, only 24 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes elect a chief executive. Thirty-nine have either a police jury or parish commission, while Orleans — as the […]

BSEE head optimistic for Gulf of Mexico in 2019

BSEE head optimistic for Gulf of Mexico in 2019

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Thursday director Scott Angelle is “optimistic” that drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will increase in 2019. At the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Conference in New Orleans this week, Angelle noted that applications for deepwater drilling permits had increased in 2018. “Let us be the […]

BP starts production from expansion to Thunder Horse deep-water Gulf field

BP starts production from expansion to Thunder Horse deep-water Gulf field

Energy giant BP says it’s added the equivalent of 30,000 barrels of oil a day to production at its largest Gulf of Mexico platform, called Thunder Horse. That brings the field’s gross output to more than 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, a news release Thursday from Houston-based BP United States says. The field […]

Louisiana launches new digital tool to enhance fight against opioid crisis

Louisiana takes another step to battle the opioid crisis and save lives. Governor John Bel Edwards and the state’s health chief announced the activation of a new digital tool that will provide detailed data on the problem and help the state direct resources to opioid hotspots. It is called the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance […]

SOS race heats up with accusations of voter data breach

A Louisiana lawmaker’s claim that voters’ personal information was made available on the dark web is being challenged by the candidate at the center of the controversy. First some background: On Wednesday a state representative and Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Rick Edmonds issued a warning to voters and cited a report that states nearly […]