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New report details oil and petrochemical opportunities as US becomes net exporter

Nov 30, 2018

Oil and chemical traders believe the U.S. will become a net exporter for the first time in generations, according to Petrochemical Update’s North American Downstream Market Outlook and Insights 2019.

Project owners review hiring plans to tap Gulf Coast labor pool

May 19, 2016

Investing in customized training programs for new hires and rethinking the company culture are helping petrochemical project owners in Texas and Louisiana retain valuable employees amid a shortage of qualified construction and permanent operational staff,...

Texas, Louisiana petchems hires to peak in 2016-2018

May 5, 2016

The demand for skilled labor in the Texas and Louisiana chemicals industry over the next five years may have recently hit its peak in Q1 2016, at around 82,000 workers, Brent Sexton, director Customer Relations at the Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA...

Bechtel uses tech and business tools to offset impact of tight skills market

Apr 21, 2016

Business and technological innovations such as setting up specialty welding companies and a new mobile field-supervision software platform are helping Bechtel offset the impact of the tight skills market, and better train and retain its existing workforce,...

USGC skilled labor demand to peak in 2017 on downstream spending

Mar 10, 2016

The demand for skilled labor in the current wave of US downstream construction projects is expected to peak in 2017 based on the pipeline of committed capital and maintenance projects in the petrochemical, LNG and NGL sectors, according to Michael Bergen,...

US contractors urged to boost training despite oil slump

Feb 11, 2016

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies on the Gulf Coast should focus on training skilled craft workers as a long-term strategy even as low oil prices are putting pressure on company balance sheets and project deliveries in the short term,...

Shell plans to up petchems spend; India’s GAIL eyes US ethane

Feb 11, 2016

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US skilled pay hike to soften as project schedules slip

Jan 13, 2016

Skilled craft wage growth in US industrial construction will slow down to about 1.2-2.5% per year in the next 3-5 years but will continue to be a major cost factor for petrochemical capital projects, according to Daniel Groves, director of operations at the...

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.

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