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NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

Though well-intentioned and often lifesaving, adhering to and enforcing safety rules can be burdensome. It takes extra time and effort, and frequently slows down production. Workers -- and sometimes managers -- may think they can do their jobs... more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dow Chemical's $6 billion expansion project -- the world's largest ethylene cracker facility -- is proof. more

Downstream

Given the reality of a workforce increasingly aging out of and retiring from the petrochemical and related industries, owners and other stakeholders are tasked with preserving "tribal knowledge" for those taking these departing employees' places. more

Training & Human Resources

Procurement, essentially, is defined by two concepts, Runfola said. "We have to save money, but we also have stakeholders and customers that depend on us to deliver," she explained... more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

The “key message” of implementing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) technology is “to lead the energy industry in reliable and effective ways... more

Maintenance & Reliability

According to George Williamson, Manager of Upstream Engineering for BP, said employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robotics technology as inspection tools provides “a huge financial value” more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Michael Smith, chairman, CEO and founder of Freeport LNG, does not mince words when it comes to the importance of natural gas to the global marketplace. more

Natural Gas

Daniel Jaeggi, co-founder and president of Mercuria Energy Trading, freely admits he obviously doesn't possess a crystal ball to help him predict the volatility the energy industry might expect to experience in the coming five years. more

Plant Management & Operations

Peter Huntsman, president and CEO of Huntsman Corp., believes while "these are great times" and he is "very optimistic" about the future of the petrochemical industry. more

Plant Management & Operations

Describing the series of hurricanes and flooding that hit the southern region of the U.S. last summer, most would say "unprecedented flooding," "unspeakable tragedy" and "unimaginable devastation." Another accurate phrase is "a learning experience." more

Power Generation

Final rules for the ethylene RTR, originally due in 2010, are now due January 2020, with MON rules, originally due in 2011, now due in March 2020. more

Chemical Processing

A guaranteed way for leaders to improve their own performance is to encourage feedback, however brutal, from a select “circle of trust.” more

Training & Human Resources

The message could not be clearer: Worldwide investment in oil and gas is insufficient to meet demand growth and supply demands. more

Refining/Petrochemical

When it comes to protecting critical infrastructure from the threat of harm, Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Regulatory Compliance Chief, Rick Cary, considers the InfraGard program to be a vital tool. more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Human asset integrity, explained Gregg Kiihne, director of process safety expert for BASF Corporation, is not a management system, but a leadership system... more

Plant Management & Operations

Social media is not only one of many tools used in response to accidents, it is also becoming “the most important tool as we push into a socially connected and digital age. more

Training & Human Resources

Chet M. Thompson, president and CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), is "very optimistic about the future" of the petrochemical industry. more

Refining/Petrochemical

According to Dow Chemical’s Commissioning and Startup Leader, William Newton, there is no mysterious secret to the success of the company’s mammoth $6 billion Gulf Coast expansion project. more

Offshore & Marine

According to Craig Cotter, maintenance and reliability leader for Occidental Oil and Gas, recognition of a job well done is “best served warm.” more

Training & Human Resources

Glenn Johnson, workforce development leader for BASF NA, said he shares a philosophy with economist and Nobel prizewinner, John Nash: “Organizations are better off doing not only what is best for themselves but what is best for the group.” more

Training & Human Resources

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