Engineering and Construction

Tariffs threaten to turn American chemical dream into nightmare

Nov 20, 2019

U.S. companies had prepared to competitively supply chemicals and plastics to China just as the Asian country was set to become the world’s biggest retail market. Now tariffs raise questions on whether investment to add chemical export capacity can remain...

Canadian chemical investment rolls amid price volatility, buyout bids

Nov 20, 2019

Current chemical construction in Canada represents some C$10 billion and includes a polyethylene plant and ethane cracker expansion, as well as two separate polypropylene plant complexes each with its own propane de-hydrogenators (PDHs).

U.S. railroads defend rates, Dow settles dioxin dispute, LyondellBasell advances PO/TBA plant

Nov 20, 2019

The U.S. railroad association said it is "unlawful" for the congressionally appointed STB to propose pricing changes long awaited by the chemical industry.

Canadian election spells similar policy direction for chemicals

Nov 2, 2019

The Canadian chemical industry is braced for a deepening of energy policies set out in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first term, kept in check by a minority government.

North America to spend $27bn on refining projects

Oct 16, 2019

Diversification into new revenue streams such as petrochemicals and export markets as refiners seek additional profit margins is keeping the short-term outlook for refining project spending healthy, according to an analysis by Industrial Information Resources...

Whitepaper: North America & Beyond - 2020 Downstream Market Outlook

Oct 14, 2019

Released today, the hotly anticipated North America & Beyond - 2020 Downstream Market Outlook Report is now available for you to download.

Polyethylene investment still surging in North America

Oct 2, 2019

The investment in North American polyethylene (PE) has already resulted in the addition of over 4.5 million tonnes/year of new capacity since 2017. At least 30% of that new capacity is marked for export.

US downstream aims to create sustainable future for plastics with circular economy

Sep 16, 2019

Plastic remains the world’s packaging material of choice. Roughly a third of the 350 million tonnes produced globally is used in packaging applications. But as public perception shifts and the issue gets pushed up the political agenda, the tide is turning for...

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