HEATHER DOYLE, Petrochemical Update

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The fuel terminal fire that shut down the nation’s largest shipping channel and spewed air pollutants into nearby neighborhoods may push the fight for tougher regulations for many proposed fuel and oil storage terminals along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Read more


Total construction costs for a U.S. Northeast cracker project are estimated to be about $193 million higher than for U.S. Gulf Coast projects. Read more

Training & Human Resources

Until the industry gives the workforce issue the same attention it gave safety years ago, the issues will simply not be solved, an industry expert told Petrochemical Update. Read more

Training & Human Resources

Pipelines, infrastructure and storage are still necessary for the Northeast petrochemical hub to become a reality. Read more


2019 may be the biggest year yet in terms of liquified natural gas (LNG) capacity approved globally, as major buyers uncontracted demand is expected to quadruple by 2030, according to a new report by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. Read more

Natural Gas/LNG

Oil and chemical traders believe the U.S. will become a net exporter for the first time in generations, according to Petrochemical Update’s North American Downstream Market Outlook and Insights 2019. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

The U.S. energy and petrochemical industry has experienced incredible growth over the last decade. Read more

Training & Human Resources

As the U.S. becomes the largest energy producer in the world with Texas leading production, it has created the biggest challenge the energy industry has seen in a generation. Read more


Petrochemical and refining turnaround teams can significantly improve cost, schedule and management of their turnaround and capital projects if they turn to next evolution best practices. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

The US-China trade war is expected to hit polyethylene exports to China just as new U.S. capacity is starting up. Demand in other regions will help for a while, but a big wave of new investment in the East comes by the middle of the next decade. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

As the U.S. economic expansion nears the longest in history, other countries' economies are slowing and trade battles are expected to hit the hardest just as major new U.S. capacity is starting up. Read more


The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, including the recent Hurricane Florence, has brought an uncomfortable amount of uncertainty in predicting the severity of each developing storm, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Despite the uncertainties surrounding trade and world energy markets, analysts continue to express optimism for the future of the U.S. petrochemical industry and The Second Wave. Read more

Training & Human Resources

Land-locked oil producers are running out of options to get key feedstock to market as pipeline and rail capacity fills up and the truck driving shortage intensifies. Read more


Hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of projects and jobs in the U.S. chemical industry are at risk as a result of a massive new round of U.S. tariffs released late July 10 and covering $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, trade groups warned. Read more

While news headlines for the petrochemical construction boom have mainly been focused on the U.S. Gulf Coast, there are plenty of projects in the U.S. Northeast for the next wave of building. Read more


Dow Chemical has delivered a successful U.S. Gulf Coast investment program and will take lessons learned in efficient construction, capital effectiveness, costs and quality as the company looks to invest further, company executives said. Read more


U.S. plans to impose steel tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU could threaten production of natural gas liquids (NGLs) as well as oil and natural gas, a big risk for capital investment, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Oil price recovery, growing demand and increased feedstock supply are driving additional oil and gas capital projects globally, but the U.S. is now capturing the largest share of global energy industry investment, according to Petrochemical Update. Read more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Rapidly growing U.S. ethylene production and investment in new derivative capacity has increased the number of ports exporting plastics and opened new markets for U.S. producers, ClipperData told Petrochemical Update. Read more

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