Process Technician, Eric Gazda, walks in front of the Vinyl Acetate Unit at the Celanese Corp. plant in Pasadena. (Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle)

Texas chemical company eyes another in-state methanol unit

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Building a methanol unit at the plant in Bishop near Corpus Christi would be the latest move by the Dallas-based chemical company to capitalize on an abundance of cheap U.S. shale gas.
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The petrochemical industry has billions in projects on tap, but not enough workers to build them

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Craft laborers require years of training, but the industry has failed to consistently invest in developing that workforce, leading to a worker shortage plaguing the petrochemical building spree.
Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, front, addresses his employees and honored guests during the announcement of Dow's new ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the Brazosport College campus in Lake Jackson. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Dow Chemical, Olin in $5 billion cash-and-stock deal

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Dow has been under pressure from the hedge fund Third Point LLC to split its specialty chemical and petrochemical businesses.
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Report: Chemical revenues slip but expansions expected to continue

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North American chemical companies have seen their revenues slip with the plunging crude price, but they aren’t expected to abandon the billions worth of expansions they announced when profits were higher, a new report finds.
LyondellBasell Bayport plant (Photo: LyondellBasell)

LyondellBasell to expand Pasadena plant

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LyondellBasell’s chemical expansion announcement comes as the international chemical and refining company continues to square off with the United Steelworkers employees over premium pay issues.
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Saudi-Dow Chemical moving forward on $20 billion plant

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Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, started the petrochemical project in 2011 when oil averaged $111 a barrel.
United Steel Workers Local 13-227 members, employed by LyondellBasell Industries Houston, hold a strike claiming unfair labor practices at the oil refinery plant Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter writedown drags down record year

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Lyondell did not mention an industry-wide labor strike by United Steelworkers that sent union members picketing the company’s U.S. headquarters in downtown Houston.
A worker walks near an oil derrick in North Dakota,  one of several states where production has surged, prompting a lawsuit over disclosure of toxic chemical emissions tied to oil and gas operations. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Suit seeks EPA decision on oil field chemical disclosure

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Nine environmental groups sued to force the EPA to make a decision on a petition asking the agency to require oil and gas producers to disclose toxic chemical emissions.

LyondellBasell names new CEO

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Chemical company LyondellBasell Industries tapped Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel, an executive vice president with the company, to serve as its new executive officer, the company announced Thursday morning.
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Shale boom spurs chemical industry expansion

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The industry grew by 2 percent this year and is expected to swell further next year as advances in drilling and completion technologies unlock vast new supplies of hydrocarbons that chemical companies rely on to make products and fuel their plants.