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NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

According to Chris Tisdale, associate director of the implementation and downstream and chemicals sector committee for the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the benefits of implementing advanced work packaging (AWP) are numerous. Read more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

“At some point, this awesome economic cycle will come to an end, and we’ll have a recession of some kind,” said Morgan. “How are we going to weather that? How are we going to bounce back stronger after that?” Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

According to Steve Skarke, executive vice president for Kaneka Corp., the petrochemical industry’s workforce of the future is going to be filled with folks who are “much more technically savvy than they have been in the past.” Read more

Training & Human Resources

According to Chris Commander, director of engineering at Howard Energy Partners, tasks required of project managers in the 21st century differ vastly from the profession’s requirements 20 years ago. Read more

Plant Management & Operations

According to Jerry MacCleary, chairman and CEO of Covestro, the company takes its social responsibility very seriously. Its vision, he said, “is to make the world a brighter place.” Read more

Plant Management & Operations

Now under construction, ExxonMobil’s current project, a plastics manufacturing facility located in the burgeoning Corpus Christi, Texas, vicinity of the Gulf Coast, is already stacking up some very attractive numbers for the petrochemical industry. Read more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Most people in the petrochemical and related industries remember October 1987 as a bad month, to put it mildly. Monday, Oct. 19, is better known as “Black Monday,” the day the stock market crashed when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

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

Maintenance & Reliability

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

Health, Safety & Environmental

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

Health, Safety & Environmental

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