Engineering and Construction

Capital project growth raises turnaround planning challenge

Apr 5, 2018

Improved margins mean more capital projects are on the books and more projects are now executed during the maintenance turnaround window, adding new challenges for managers.

ExxonMobil plans signal construction boom is not over

Mar 23, 2018

In a move to grow its North American and Asia Pacific chemicals capacity by almost half, ExxonMobil has begun detailed engineering studies on a project to expand its US Gulf polypropylene (PP) capacity by up to 450,000 tonnes/year.

NAFTA talks ‘critical’ to the petrochemical investment boom- ACC

Mar 8, 2018

Abandoning or making dramatic changes on the North American Free Trade Agreement could damage the petrochemicals investment boom and invite lower-cost competitors to increase their presence in the U.S. market, according to a study from the American Chemistry...

Phillips 66 eyes second mega cracker for CP Chem joint venture

Feb 22, 2018

As natural gas liquids (NGL) growth accelerates in the US, the feedstock advantage will likely fuel additional investment decisions for mega projects along the Gulf Coast and Northeast, Phillips 66 executives said.

Squeezed labor and materials hike US ethane cracker construction costs

Feb 8, 2018

Increased labor and raw material costs and shortages, extreme weather and rushed ‘time to market’ projects pushed up US ethane cracker costs in 2017.

ExxonMobil and CP Chem prepare to open crackers; PTT, Daelim sign cracker agreement in Ohio

Feb 8, 2018

Our pick of the latest petrochemical news you need to know

US Northeast crackers offer market advantages but higher capex

Jan 26, 2018

Total construction costs for a U.S. Northeast cracker project are estimated to be about $197 million higher than for U.S. Gulf Coast projects, however the cost benefits of being close to the feedstock supply and the downstream customers may even this out,...


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