Engineering and Construction

First wave of US major projects reaches final stages of production

Oct 6, 2017

Several U.S. major petrochemical projects to emerge from the natural gas boom are reaching their final stages of production just as a second wave of building begins, and engineering and construction teams are looking at innovative techniques to increase...

US storms may delay project completions

Sep 22, 2017

Some petrochemical projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast may be delayed, but most energy and petrochemical players will go ahead with capital expansion plans, despite record damage from Hurricane Harvey driving up costs and slowing work, experts said.

Harvey storm damage extends beyond Texas but not long term - analysts

Sep 7, 2017

Chemical plants, refineries and critical logistics are working diligently to restart more than a week after 50 plus inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey left much of the U.S. manufacturing base underwater in Houston and South Texas. While the economy is...

Positive US earnings spur second wave project decisions

Aug 10, 2017

Several U.S. chemical companies grew at a double-digit rate for the last two consecutive quarters, the first time since 2011, and this growth is spurring key decisions on second wave construction plans, analysts told Petrochemical Update.

LyondellBasell’s $2.4bn Texas chemical plant signals sustained export demand

Jul 27, 2017

LyondellBasell’s decision to move forward with its $2.4 billion (bn) propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area signals a continuation of the petrochemical boom on the U.S. Gulf Coast driven by regional feedstock advantage...

Enterprise plans ethylene export terminal, Oil prices to average $50/bbl, Mitsubishi Gas announces $60 m project

Jul 13, 2017

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90% of petrochemical players believe a second wave of investment is imminent: Poll

Jun 30, 2017

Nine out of 10 petrochemical players believe there will be a second wave of investment in downstream projects, but most believe it will be smaller and slower than the first wave, according to a Petrochemical Update poll.

ACC pushes to modernize NAFTA, Natural gas jobs to rise to 6 m, Dow and DuPont begin comprehensive review

Jun 29, 2017

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U.S. prepared for more than a second wave of chemical investment–ACC

Jun 16, 2017

The U.S. is in place to be the most competitive global manufacturer of chemicals as a result of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, and the wave of investments is far from over, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) told Petrochemical Update.

US polyethylene inventories set to rise by 9bn pounds in 2016-2020

Jun 1, 2017

Rapidly growing U.S. ethylene production and investment in new polyethylene (PE) capacity will increase North American PE production to more than 54 billion pounds by 2020, up from about 44 billion pounds in 2015 as supply grows faster than domestic demand,...


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