Workforce Development

Industry looks for solutions to declining labor productivity and craft shortages

Jun 16, 2017

While the U.S. is preparing for 310 petrochemical projects and $185 billion in capital investment at the same time an experienced generation of workers retires, quality and productivity are becoming an even bigger challenge than the labor shortage, owners and...

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.

EPC groups invest in data analytics to accelerate complex projects

Mar 31, 2017

In-house data scientists will raise productivity on U.S. petrochemicals projects in the coming years by maximizing insights from growing project datasets and multi-dimensional modelling, leading EPC executives said.

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.

Top of agenda in U.S. Northeast: preparing workforce, infrastructure

Jan 3, 2017

Preparing a large and skilled workforce, securing regulatory permits, and building suitable infrastructure: these are top of the agenda for the buildout of the petrochemicals industry in the U.S. Northeast, according to four industry leaders.

Coal out, ethylene in: how the map of the US Northeast is changing

Nov 11, 2016

The map of the tri-state area where Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia meet is changing, and not only from blue to a strong shade of red.

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,...

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