Category: Chemicals

Petrochemical construction boom fueling demand for Houston workers

More than 120 petrochemical plants worth $80 billion are slated for construction, or scheduled to open, within the coming years, stoking concerns about a shortage of skilled employees to build and operate the plants once they come online.  More »

Dow Chemical to sell off even more assets

Dow Chemical executives on Wednesday announced plans to sell off even more assets in the next two years, continuing a push to streamline operations and pull back from products that no longer fit within the company’s business strategy.  More »

Judge approves $5.15 billion Anadarko environmental settlement

The settlement is the largest environmental enforcement payment in U.S. history.  More »

Chevron Phillips Chemical eyes another expansion in Baytown

The company is already building a $6 billion expansion at the same Cedar Bayou plant.  More »

Westlake Chemical plans $330 million ethylene expansion

Construction will generate about 1,000 jobs at its peak, the company said.  More »

Sasol approves plan for $8.1 billion ethane cracker near Lake Charles

The project is driven by the abundance of low-cost ethane and natural gas in the U.S., which has prompted many chemical makers to beef up their U.S. facilities.  More »

Huntsman posts higher earnings despite Texas plant outage

The company attributed the increase to growing demand for key products, including textile dyes and chemicals and a specific kind of polyurethanes.  More »

LyondellBasell profits climb 48 percent

The international chemical giant continued to capitalize on cheap raw materials cost while taking advantage of a tight U.S. market for ethylene.  More »

To solve worker shortage, Dow offers apprenticeships

Dow Chemical expects to hire 60 apprentices, who will receive two to four years of training and on-the-job experience to prepare them for work as chemical process operators, instrumentation and equipment technicians and analyzer technicians.  More »

Chemistry Council: Turning leftover plastic into oil could create thousands of jobs

An American Chemistry Council report found that there’s enough non-recycled plastic in the U.S. to feed hundreds of plastics-to-oil facilities and create thousands of jobs.  More »

European chemical industry importing U.S. shale gas

As the U.S. chemical sector grows and expands, fueled by a surge in domestic gas production, the European chemical industry is stagnating, plagued by high production costs and a lack of investment in new plants and research and development.  More »

Petrochemical boom pumps cash into local communities but strains infrastructure

As chemical plants rush to take advantage of the cheap, abundant natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom, industry and local communities like Baytown and Mont Belvieu have been forced to strike a delicate balancing act between embracing the flurry of new construction activity while maintaining good quality of life for residents.  More »

Huntsman completes $1 billion pigments purchase

The acquisition of assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings makes Huntsman the second-largest maker in the world of titanium dioxide and inorganic color pigments, used in paint, coatings and other products.  More »

Baker Hughes will officially disclose fracturing chemicals

Baker Hughes says it has finished a six-month process of negotiating with its suppliers to reveal all of the chemicals it uses in its hydraulic fracturing, a well-stimulation technique that has drawn the ire of environmentalists and some communities.  More »

U.S. petrochemical renaissance sows worry in Europe

European chemical companies face greater pressure to rethink they way they do business in if they want to compete against U.S. petrochemical plants, which have been buoyed by the shale boom.  More »
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