Process Safety & EHS

Process engineering teams must embrace data and technology to survive the shale renaissance

Apr 16, 2019

Understanding and managing the trade-off between processing opportunity crudes and the effects it has on asset integrity while maximizing profits is perhaps one of the biggest challenges process engineer teams face in today's market.

Arkema's Harvey charges grow, ExxonMobil to expand in Baton Rouge, Shale output to hit record

Apr 16, 2019

Our pick of the latest petrochemical news you need to know

Texas tank fire may spur tougher safety regs on chemical and oil storage

Mar 27, 2019

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, officials...

AI insights could help reduce craft injuries

Feb 22, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) research is revealing ways to reduce physical injuries and boost the productivity of skilled craft workers.

US petrochemical cyber security must be increased amid growing threats: analyst

Oct 20, 2017

U.S. petrochemical and energy companies need to include cyber security in their risk management strategy amid growing IT/OT threats, an industry analyst told Petrochemical Update.

EPC groups invest in data analytics to accelerate complex projects

Mar 31, 2017

In-house data scientists will raise productivity on U.S. petrochemicals projects in the coming years by maximizing insights from growing project datasets and multi-dimensional modelling, leading EPC executives said.

US refiners urged to set turnaround KPIs early to meet start-up targets

Feb 17, 2017

Refinery operators must integrate priority Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) into the tendering and planning of turnarounds and collaborate early with contractors in order to control costs, industry experts said.

From three-ring binder to web: how NaviTrack helped usher in new era in work processes

Sep 16, 2016

Sixteen years is a long time in petrochemicals. In 2000, natural gas prices rose to such a high level that some were questioning the competitiveness of the U.S. ethylene industry. Alberta and the Gulf Coast were the two main areas for feedstock production,...

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...

Phillips 66 connects with veterans to bridge skilled labor shortage gap

Mar 24, 2015

The Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company is targeting veteran job seekers both directly and through the American Jobs for America’s Heroes initiative.