Engineering and Construction

Plant builders use design-stage data tools to offset impact of tight skills market

Sep 30, 2015

Design-stage innovations such as three-dimensional isometric projections delivering extra detail to field craft are improving schedule performances and reducing the cost of major US capital projects, according to John Fish, director - Project Support Services...

Below par US capital projects provide warning to petchems developers

Jul 27, 2015

Almost two thirds of the major capital projects in the United States do not meet their budgets and schedules, and most industry executives are not happy with the performance of their systems, according to Brett Schroeder, managing director of strategic...

US to see hike in foreign-funded ethylene capacity in second wave of projects

Jun 25, 2015

The US petrochemical market will see a sharp increase in investment in ethylene production and derivatives capacity from foreign chemical and petrochemical manufacturers, totalling at least 10 million tons of new production per year by 2025, according to...

Sasol’s Louisiana project controls capex via patchwork of supply, labor contracts

Jun 25, 2015

The near 50% drop in the crude oil price since mid-2014 has not delayed Sasol’s petrochemical construction projects in the United States “one single bit,” according to Rob Clark, vice president-project director, US Mega Projects at Sasol.

Gulf region set for 5% petchems growth as downstream attracts funds

May 26, 2015

The chemical production capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will jump from 147 million tonnes a year in 2014 to about 198.6 million tonnes in 2020, Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals...

US EPC contracts focus on cost coverage as resources tighten

May 22, 2015

The heated downstream construction market will drive more petrochemical owners on the US Gulf Coast to shift from pure fixed-cost, lump-sum contracting to more cost-reimbursable and conversion strategies, according to Jeff Patterson, NAA/LAA Engineering...

Multimedia: Mapping North America's petrochemical construction projects

Apr 23, 2015

LyondellBasell’s recent announcement that it plans to expand Tri-ethylene Glycol (TEG) production capacity at the company's existing ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol plant in Pasadena, Texas has been the latest addition in a slate of petrochemical...

North America to remain globally competitive as chemical producing region

Apr 8, 2015

North America's chemical feedstock and energy costs will stay among the lowest in the world, and NGLs will surpass naphtha as the major cracker feed globally by 2025, according to ExxonMobil Chemical's senior vice president.

BASF considers modularization to mitigate Gulf Coast labor market risks

Mar 24, 2015

Amidst the long pipeline of petrochemical projects on the US Gulf Coast racing to bring production on stream early on while controlling costs, BASF, Ineos and other owners are carefully considering their construction methods – modularization or the...

Petrochemical owners shift from speed to cost-driven execution strategy in uncertain times

Mar 6, 2015

EPC companies in the US Gulf Coast expect a move from cost-reimbursable contracts back to lump-sum contracts as the delays in capital spending free up resources for ongoing projects


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