Operations & Maintenance.

Data is key to operational excellence: Petrotechnics president says

Jan 13, 2016

New systems that manage day-to-day work at petrochemical and refining facilities could help companies reduce operational risk and improve the productivity of operations, according to Mike Neill, president of Houston-based Petrotechnics USA, which has been...

Saudi Arabia hikes ethane prices; Westlake to expand US ethylene unit

Jan 13, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

Early plant monitoring lowers risk of soaring repair costs

Dec 16, 2015

Repairing broken equipment and functional failures at petrochemical plants could cost companies as much as 20 times more than fixing defects and operational deficiencies early during process operations, according to a reliability and integrity manager at one...

US refinery spend to rise in 2016-2020 on low oil price, EPA rules

Nov 19, 2015

Petroleum refiners in the United States and Canada are projected to spend about $6.7 billion on new capital projects in 2016, up from $5 billion in 2015, said Chris Paschall, vice president of global research for the petroleum refining industry at consulting...

Canada's NOVA Chemicals eyes its southern neighbour for growth

Mar 6, 2015

The Canadian plastics and chemical company plans to increase and diversify its ethane supplies, upgrade its existing crackers in Canada, and build a new world-scale LLDPE unit, a NOVA senior executive says.

Green Biologics to convert Minnesota ethanol plant to n-butanol and acetone facility

Jan 29, 2015

Growing demand for bio-based chemicals and the prospect of healthy returns on investment has led Green Biologics to make a significant investment in the field by converting a 20th century ethanol plant into a 21st century n-butanol and acetone facility

Lower oil prices help petrochemical companies improve margins

Jan 29, 2015

Although some upstream oil operators have posted results that have missed expectations, their derivative segments and other petrochemical businesses are seeing the upside of the oil price erosion.