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NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

All one has to do to understand the threat of terrorism is very real -- particularly chemical terrorism -- is "watch the news." more

Plant Management & Operations

Beyond a workplace philosophy or system of executing business strategy, operational excellence delivers tangible results that benefit all levels of leadership. more

Training & Human Resources

According to Randy Pound, global manufacturing director of maintenance and reliability for Olin Corp., there are two types of maintenance cultures: reactive and proactive. more

Maintenance & Reliability

The skills and jobs gaps currently impacting the manufacturing and refining industries are merely a symptom of a greater problem. more

Plant Management & Operations

Among the standards and regulations set for industry by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), risk and technology reviews may be among the most challenging. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

It's not a once-in-a-while endeavor, nor something plant managers engage in before an audit. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

While the chemical and petrochemical industries have done "a phenomenal job" in personnel safety, Ehrlich said more attention needs to be paid to process safety and activities. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

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

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

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

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

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