Operations & Maintenance.

Drones instrumental in storm inspections

Oct 5, 2017

Drone developments including sense and avoid technology, algorithms to analyse machine learning, automated flight patterns, and weather proofing are allowing petrochemical and energy project teams to inspect complexes faster and safer after major storm events...

Petchem industry positioned for digital transformation

Aug 25, 2017

The energy industry is lagging other sectors on the race to adopt digital technology, but increases in capital investment are pushing digital transformation now more than ever, industry analysts told Petrochemical Update.

Risk management is key to avoiding claims in construction boom

Aug 10, 2017

The U.S. Shale boom is fueling another wave of petrochemical projects and with $185 billion expected in potential capital investment, effective contract provisions and controls for managing these projects is paramount, an industry attorney told Petrochemical...

U.S. shale producers boost production; BP finds high-volume New Mexico shale source; Dow, DuPont merger to close

Aug 10, 2017

Our pick of the latest petrochemicals news you need to know

US operators gain new labor analysis tool to benchmark productivity

Mar 3, 2017

Craft labor supply is under pressure from rising construction demand and a new online tool is set to simplify productivity metrics and benchmark against other projects to cut costs and spur workforce development.

Gulf coast refinery outages cut US capacity; Saudi Aramco buys 50% of Petronas complex

Mar 2, 2017

Our pick of the petrochemicals news you need to know.

US refiners urged to set turnaround KPIs early to meet start-up targets

Feb 17, 2017

Refinery operators must integrate priority Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) into the tendering and planning of turnarounds and collaborate early with contractors in order to control costs, industry experts said.

Refiners planning 39% more maintenance spend in 2017

Jan 3, 2017

Scheduled plant outages, turnarounds and shutdowns are expected to increase by 5.4% to $10.43 billion across all U.S. industrial markets in 2017, with the petroleum refining industry to see the biggest increase, according to Industrial Info Resources.

Front-end loading, scope definition critical to success of refinery projects

Sep 16, 2016

Bring together a project manager, contractor and consultant for a discussion on refining projects, and they will agree on many things, starting with the importance of front-end loading (FEL) and scope definition.

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