Plant operators at the control room, pipes, towers and fractional facilities at Enterprise refinery in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Enterprise building a new pipeline to connect Gulf Coast petrochemical network

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Enterprise said the new projects will bring the company’s polymer grade propylene distribution system to a total length of 587 miles and connect the system to more than 30 petrochemical facilities along the Gulf Coast.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

Fire at Chevron refinery in California led to infighting at U.S. Chemical Safety Board

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The CSB strife can be traced back to the August 2012 fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery that sent thousands of people to East Bay hospitals seeking treatment.
This Thursday, April 19, 2012 file photo shows the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pa., near Philadelphia.  Delta Air Lines Inc. bought the refinery as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. A Delta subsidiary paid $150 million, including $30 million in job-creation assistance it is getting from the state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Delta refinery snaps up Nigerian crude, U.S. producers ask Congress for freedom to export

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The purchases mark a shift for the refinery, which had largely stopped importing Nigerian oil two years ago and had shifted to largely North American supplies, which have been trading at a discount to global crude.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. Refining, once regarded as a low-margin, accident-prone part of the energy industry, is doing better in part because of cheaper natural gas and domestic crude oil. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Chemical plants and refineries hoping to hire laid off oil and gas engineers

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The global oil slump is striking the upstream sector at a critical moment for downstream companies as they scramble to address a growing problem of a lack of qualified middle-management workers rising through the ranks, according to a new analysis by executive search firm Proco Global.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

Petrochemical growth may keep Houston out of oil-related recession

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West Houston, with white-collar oil and gas jobs in the Energy Corridor, and the Galleria area will suffer more, while the more blue-collar East Houston workforce would be better off in the short term, the report contends.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Strike at Marathon Petroleum refinery ends

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Workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay Refinery will go back to work following a more than four-month strike that ended Tuesday when union members ratified a contract with the company.
Refineries expanding for the first time in years run the risk of cost overruns because they lack the in-house experience to manage the projects.

PBF Energy snaps up Gulf Coast refinery for $322 million

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PBF Energy on Thursday announced plans to spend $322 million to buy a refinery and pipelines outside of New Orleans in a deal that gives the company a new footprint in the booming Gulf Coast refining corridor.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Steelworkers to vote on agreement to return to work at Galveston Bay refinery

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The Marathon workers, who became locked in a heated battle over local issues including proposed company changes in work schedules and safety procedures, remain the only work group out of 15 nationwide still on the picket lines.
Screengrab of an infrared image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, June 15, 2015. (NOAA)

Enterprise Products Partners evacuates three offshore platforms; other companies watching tropical storm closely

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Oil companies and refiners are keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm hasn’t shut down operations or triggered evacuations of essential personnel.
(Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Steelworkers, Marathon Petroleum reach tentative deal for Texas City refinery

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The pact, if approved by the union members, would mark the end of a nationwide walkout that at its height affected 15 refineries, chemical plants and other locations.