Petchem Update

Increased labor and raw material costs and shortages, extreme weather and rushed ‘time to market’ projects pushed up US ethane cracker costs in 2017. more

Feb 9, 2018 10:38 AM Refining/Petrochemical

Through independent market research and large-scale international exhibitions and conferences, Petrochemical Update helps downstream industry decision makers anticipate and adapt to current and future industry challenges. more

Jan 29, 2018 2:27 PM Member Listings

A new whitepaper recently released by Petrochemical Update provides a market outlook on US Downstream Engineering, Construction & Maintenance spending in 2018. more

Dec 8, 2017 1:31 PM White Papers & Resources

Chemical companies that leverage the right combination of digital technology could increase their market capitalization by $4.4 billion, but the industry continues to lag other sectors, an industry analyst told Petrochemical Update. more

Dec 1, 2017 8:28 AM Chemical Processing

The U.S. is in place to be the most competitive global manufacturer of chemicals because of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas. more

Nov 6, 2017 11:12 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Several U.S. major petrochemical projects to emerge from the natural gas boom are reaching their final stages of production just as a second wave of building begins. more

Oct 6, 2017 8:47 AM Maintenance & Reliability

The energy industry is lagging other sectors on the race to adopt digital technology, but increases in capital investment are pushing digital transformation now more than ever, industry analysts told Petrochemical Update. more

Aug 28, 2017 7:00 AM Refining/Petrochemical

Several U.S. chemical companies grew at a double-digit rate for the last two consecutive quarters, the first time since 2011, and this growth is spurring key decisions on second wave construction plans, analysts told Petrochemical Update. more

Aug 11, 2017 8:51 AM Refining/Petrochemical

There is enough ethane being produced in the Northeast U.S. now to provide the chemical industry sufficient feedstock without any additional drilling or exploitation, industry analysts said. more

Jul 14, 2017 10:11 AM Downstream

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. more

Apr 12, 2017 9:00 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Rising LNG and petrochemicals exports are spurring investments in new barge fleets and suppliers are building larger vessels despite high construction costs, industry experts said to Petrochemical Update. more

Mar 17, 2017 10:41 AM Upstream

The downstream oil & gas industry is shifting, and whether you’re involved in maintenance or turnarounds, engineering or construction - it’s important to stay on top of the latest issues affecting our industry as a whole. more


Bulk material costs for Gulf Coast construction projects rose by almost 4% in 2016 as tightening global steel and U.S. labor markets continue to pressure prices, industry experts said. more

Feb 17, 2017 11:41 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Scheduled plant outages, turnarounds and shutdowns are expected to increase by 5.4% to $10.43 billion across all U.S. industrial markets in 2017. more

Jan 6, 2017 9:25 AM Maintenance & Reliability

Craft labor hours for industrial construction on the Gulf Coast will peak during 2018 and not next year as previously thought, according to Industrial Info Resources’ Tony Salemme. more

Nov 29, 2016 9:18 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

The construction sector must harness the power of benchmarking if it is to end a decade of stagnant productivity, according to the manager of capital-projects consulting at petroleum and chemicals advisory AP-Networks. more

Nov 28, 2016 10:45 AM Plant Management & Operations

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