Supply Chain & Logistics

Northeast storage hub approval could accelerate petrochemical growth

Jun 1, 2017

Shell’s investment in a world scale ethane cracker in Pennsylvania is paving the way for a major Appalachia petrochemical industry and a proposed underground storage system could spur additional investment in the region, analysts told Petrochemical Update.

Self-driving trucks could boost labor productivity and ease driver shortage

May 19, 2017

Autonomous technology (AT) is moving into the trucking industry and could optimize logistics while reducing driver shortage and safety risks, analysts told Petrochemical Update.

US to add 66 mtpa of LNG export capacity in first rush of projects

May 5, 2017

The U.S. will add 66.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity by 2019, by which time final investment decisions (FIDs) on a second wave of export terminals will be made, analysts told Petrochemical Update.

US gas users warn of LNG export impact as competition cuts liquefaction costs

Apr 21, 2017

A flurry of Gulf Coast LNG export facilities is set to raise U.S. domestic gas prices in the coming years and developers are optimizing liquefaction technology to capitalize on growing arbitrage opportunities between U.S. and global gas markets, analysts said.

Exxon, Sabic select site for new Texas cracker; Nova Chemicals buys Louisiana plant

Apr 21, 2017

Our pick of the latest petrochemicals news you need to know.

Exxon's $20bn Gulf Coast downstream plan signals sustained export demand

Mar 17, 2017

ExxonMobil is targeting key export markets such as Asia though 11 Gulf Coast chemical manufacturing and export facilities, including back-to-back ethane cracker projects which will add to the region's surging ethylene supply.

US barge suppliers expand fleets to capture petchems export growth

Mar 17, 2017

Rising LNG and petrochemicals exports are spurring investments in new barge fleets and suppliers are building larger vessels despite high construction costs, industry experts said.

US ethane cracker construction costs rise a further 1% in Q4 2016

Feb 3, 2017

Total project cost estimates for a typical 1.5 million ton-per-annum (mtpa) ethane cracker on the U.S. Gulf Coast rose by $14.2 million (0.7%) to $2.1 billion in the period September-December, according to Petrochemical Update’s U.S. Ethylene Plant...

Houston port haulers facing 5 to 10-year transport infrastructure gap

Feb 2, 2017

Transport congestion is forecast to worsen around the port, spurring new logistics solutions in the interim before government infrastructure is built, Scott Campbell, Associate Director of Customer Fulfilment at Lyondellbasell, said at the Petrochemical...

Senior consultants see positive outlook for US petrochemicals but supply-chain risks ahead

Jan 16, 2017

What is the general consensus when three senior consultants to the North American petrochemicals industry discuss their market outlook? A healthy dose of optimism, but without getting carried away.

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