Engineering and Construction

Location and tax breaks key to Shell’s Pennsylvania cracker plant approval

Jul 8, 2016

The market will have absorbed the additional supply of polyethylene from the first wave of U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical projects by the time Shell Chemicals' ethane and derivatives complex in Beaver County, Pennsylvania comes on stream in the early...

Small-project owners urged to prioritize value over cost and schedule

Jun 24, 2016

Prioritizing small-capex downstream projects can be as complex as for large projects, and small-project owners should focus on seeking the highest-value opportunities, Shawn Hansen, manager of capital project consulting for Asset Performance Networks (AP-...

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

Jun 15, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

Northeast cracker projects to see good margins despite higher capex

May 19, 2016

Total project costs for a 1.25 million tonne per annum (mtpa) cracker construction project in the US Northeast are estimated to be about $91.46 million higher than for an identical project on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the current market environment, according to...

Multimedia: Mapping US ethane cracker construction projects

May 5, 2016

There are currently seven ethane crackers under construction on the U.S. Gulf Coast - for a total of about 8.75 million metric tons of new annual ethylene capacity - five of which are slated to come on stream by the end of 2017, according to Petrochemical...

Primus taps Marcellus to yield big methanol margins at small capex

Apr 22, 2016

Gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology firm Primus Green Energy is developing low-capex methanol production on the Marcellus shale to leverage low-cost feedstock and freight savings for buyers, Primus’s Chief Commercial Officer George Boyajian told Petrochemical...

NWIW drops Tacoma project; US gas output rose 5% in 2015

Apr 21, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

Rising capital costs provide warning to Arabian Gulf petchems developers

Apr 8, 2016

Construction costs for petrochemical and refining projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region are up 2-4 times compared to 14 years ago, according to Koen Vermeltfoort, principal Capital Productivity Practice at McKinsey & Company.

Infographic: US ethane cracker construction costs rise 1-2% year on year

Apr 7, 2016

Total construction costs for a typical 1.5 mtpa ethane cracker on the US Gulf Coast range between about $1.48 billion in a low-case scenario, $1.74 billion in a base case scenario and $2 billion in a high-case scenario, according to Petrochemical Update...

Project owners use lean methods, reverse-phase schedules to cut risk

Mar 24, 2016

Petrochemical owners can reduce the volatility of the current business environment on the scope of their projects by maximizing their front-end planning (FEP) and implementing lean principles in engineering and construction, according to a panel of experts...


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