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US ethylene growth spurs new plastics export routes

Apr 20, 2018

Rapidly growing U.S. ethylene production and investment in new derivative capacity has increased the number of ports exporting plastics and opened new markets for U.S. producers, ClipperData told Petrochemical Update.

US 2018 downstream capital projects, maintenance outlook surges

Jan 11, 2018

The US chemical industry’s renaissance continues in 2018 with capital spending expected to rise by more than 6% from 2017 and planned maintenance spend to increase by 38.5% to $1.26 billion, according to the latest data from trade associations.

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...

Flood impact lessons vital for next construction wave

Sep 7, 2017

Second wave construction, engineering and planning will begin earnestly in 2017, and learnings on areas such as storage, raw materials, supply chain and safety from the challenges caused by Hurricane Harvey should spur strategic decisions, analysts told...

Sunoco Logistics eyes market gains from Northeast pipeline, terminal expansions

Jul 8, 2016

Controlling logistics costs and transit times will be key to the competitiveness of U.S. producers of NGLs, petroleum products, olefins and polyolefins, especially since their products are manufactured to similar specifications, Joseph Colella, senior vice...

Sasol ups US project cost estimate; UP, Katoen Natie start resin export service

Jun 15, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

Ascend shelves PDH project; Polyethylene market faces oversupply

May 19, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

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,...

Growing petchems exports to test Gulf Coast container supply

Feb 1, 2016

The current flow of empty containers out of Houston will not meet the projected growth in containerized exports of plastic resins and other petrochemical products on the US Gulf Coast unless ocean and rail carriers plan to ship more empty boxes to where...

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...


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