Workforce Development

U.S. chemical guild renews calls for better rail service, prices after union-railroads deal

Sep 27, 2022

Chemical manufacturers reiterated demands for better rail service and prices as the country´s association that includes resins producers expressed relief after a mid-September accord between U.S. freight railroads owners and unions that prevented 7,000 trains...

Mexico´s Pemex to upgrade its six refineries after completing 340,000 bpd new plant construction

Jul 20, 2022

Octavio Romero, director of Mexican state oil Pemex, said the company will work in the second half of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador´s term on improving its six refineries after completing during the first half of the six-year period the...

Apprenticeship programs help petrochemical companies select workers in tight market

Jun 21, 2022

Downstream oil and gas companies including BASF, one of the three biggest petrochemical producers, have organized apprenticeship development programs to select and professionally develop workers in the current tight North American labor market.

U.S. Gulf Coast lost construction jobs as oil and gas investment slowed

Jan 24, 2022

U.S. construction investment in oil, gas fields and pipelines contracted 4% in January-November 2021 from a year earlier, according to data shared by the U.S. Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in January.

Plentiful U.S. Gulf Coast worker availability for petrochemical projects may not last

Apr 21, 2021

A year following the quick spread of Covid-19 and lockdowns, non-residential construction activity in the U.S. remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels as of April 2021 and particularly in regions that include chemical hubs.