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Charles Randall

Sorry – I spoon feed my competitors enough information now, in order to get some details back to operating folks. But no there is never a “List” unless you pay big bucks for it or put it together yourself. Once in while you get luck & get a leg up with shutdown details and project work list like OGJ construction survey in Apr/Oct, or list like I have posted for Europe & Asia in Refinery news section (one for US also but you will need search for it for reason I stated).  New projects – you need check on raitos like coker/crude, FCC/crude, and Alky/FCC+Coker to see if capacity is maxed out & hence current expansion requires revamp as well.  Project insight is mostly detective work because often journalist dont understand what they are writing about & company only volunteers basic stuff.
Missing – well I think when your refinery in swamp with big alligators ….. then you shoot them first before worrying about the little ones.  Also your using the term “Slurry Oil” which implies Light or Heavy Cycle oil with catalysts fines – the same FCC streams can be callled Decant or Clarified Oil when some fines are removed by process step. So projects are not likely push capacity limits back into slurry stream with newly designed units…..
If you are playing the Global projects then you basically have the US also – 75% Global Capacity is held by same top 7 companies that also control 75% US refining markets.  Always good idea to start with last client – track down his addition/expansion projects & hit them up for inclusion on FEED / EPC stage work to same cost/time.

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