NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

When considering the grand scope of the slate of investments and exports currently coming into the United States ExxonMobil Chemical Company’s global basic chemical vice president, Karen McKee, characterized the phenomenon as “pretty new.” more

Apr 13, 2017 7:30 AM Training & Human Resources


Dave Barron

Certain policies being proposed by President Donald J. Trump’s administration, including trade agendas, immigration, deportation, and border tax were topics of conversation at the World Petrochemical Conference by IHS Markit, held recently in Houston more

Apr 7, 2017 9:40 AM Health, Safety & Environmental


Dave Barron

While many large investments are currently being made in the global petrochemical industry, Westlake is “very focused” on the optimum return on their investment capital. more

Apr 3, 2017 8:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Sometimes the most challenging impediments to success can be overcome or even avoided altogether by adding a little 'special sauce' to the works. more

Mar 13, 2017 7:30 AM Plant Management & Operations

Owners should always make sure they have a backlog of new projects, as well as improvements they want to make to current projects. more

Feb 22, 2017 8:00 AM Plant Management & Operations

According to data derived from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Survey conducted in 40 countries, 45 percent of North Americans said that climate change was a very serious problem. more

Feb 13, 2017 11:10 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

As if prompted by the arrival of winter, the Gulf Coast labor market has cooled and may continue to cool for a while. more

Feb 1, 2017 8:00 AM Refining/Petrochemical

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region President and CEO Chad Burke has a very positive outlook on the economic health of the southeastern area of the United States — particularly in the Gulf Coast region. more

Jan 17, 2017 8:00 AM Plant Management & Operations

The seminar addressed topics of interest to both Texas and Belgium, highlighting the comparable strengths of the Texas and Belgium chemical clusters. more

Dec 19, 2016 11:16 AM Refining/Petrochemical

The demand for ethyl vinyl alcohol co-polymers is being driven by a combination of factors, including the rising cost of energy and food products, how valuable food is, and the convenience and value of flexible packaging. more

Dec 12, 2016 3:57 PM Refining/Petrochemical

The development of shale gas, coupled with an affordable abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids, continues to stimulate incredible growth at the Port of Houston and elsewhere throughout Gulf Coast manufacturing facilities. more

Nov 9, 2016 9:13 AM Refining/Petrochemical

A recent survey conducted by the National Coffee Association finds approximately 83 percent of adults in the U.S. drink coffee as a refreshing, and sometimes stimulating, beverage. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

In order to effectively replenish its retiring workforce and become employers of choice for “Generation Y” and millennials, the petrochemical industry must rethink everything about its culture. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Training & Human Resources

Thanks to abundant shale and natural gas development, there is no shortage of opportunities for those who seek a career within the U.S. petrochemical industry. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Training & Human Resources

It’s not a new concept, but it’s one that bears repeating: Healthy relationships and transparent communication between capital project owners and contractors are sustaining trends that ensure any project’s success. more

May 1, 2016 12:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

The energy position of the globe looks much better than it did a few years ago,” stated IHS Vice Chairman Dr. Daniel Yergin. more

Dec 1, 2015 10:09 AM Drilling & Exploration

A telling example of the importance of effective change management once presented itself to Michael Chuchmuch from an unlikely source: his 4-year-old daughter. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Training & Human Resources

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit voice for the energy industry since 2000, the Foundation for Energy Education’s (FFEE) primary mission is exactly that: to educate youth about the energy industry. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Training & Human Resources

At the Advanced Work Packaging Conference 2015, leaders from global energy, EPC and chemical companies shared their experiences with advanced work packaging (AWP) and workface planning (WFP), and how it has impacted their companies’ success. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Growing up in Cleveland, Matthew Tobin remembers his father working at Republic Steel. “At that time, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a lot of steel being produced in this country,” he said. more

Nov 1, 2015 12:00 AM Tanks/Terminals/Storage