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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. U.S. stocks surged back to pare the biggest one-day selloff in five months, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average cutting a loss of 550 points by two-thirds as investors speculated the rout that's wiped more than $15 trillion from global equities has gone too far too fast. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ten things to consider in energy markets today

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Good day! Here are ten things to consider on this second day of February, 2016: 1) Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, meaning an early start to spring. (If you are of the persuasion of taking your meteorological tips from a marmot). (I prefer the woolly worm). 2) The duplicitous nature of strong production versus […]
The DuPont Co. headquarters office stands at the company's Chestnut Run Plaza Campus in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., two historic giants of American industry, are considering a merger that would ultimately dismantle both along lines proposed by activist investors over the past two years. Photographer: Scott Serio/Bloomberg

DuPont moves ahead on job cuts ahead of Dow merger

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Dow and DuPont announced earlier this month that they would join to create a giant chemical producer that will eventually be split into three independent companies.
The Dow Chemical Co. logo is displayed on the company's headquarters  in Midland, Michigan, U.S., on Friday, July 22, 2011. Dow, the largest U.S. chemical maker, is expected to announce quarterly earnings on July 27. Photographer:Frank Polich/Bloomberg

Dow Chemical, DuPont said to be in late-stage talks about merger

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An accord may be announced as soon as this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
A multibillion-dollar expansion of  Dow Chemical Co's Freeport complex is one of many Gulf Coast petrochemical projects driven partly by low-priced U.S. natural gas.  (Dow Chemical Co. photo)

Dow consolidates Kuwait partnerships, plans new Houston area plant

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The proposed plant would take advantage of cheap shale natural gas to manufacture monoethylene glycol, which is a building block of many plastics.
(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Engineering firm director: Industry is “living in the past”

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A Petrochemical Update report with the American Petroleum Institute noted more than 70 percent of U.S. capital projects since 2002 have failed to meet all of their performance goals.
Operator Tim Mouton inspects polymer pellets for quality at the LyondellBasell Bayport Polymers Plant, Monday, October 11, 2010 in Pasadena, TX. (Eric Smith/Houston Chronicle)

Extended low oil prices could slow U.S. petrochemical renaissance

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The bountiful ethane that comes from natural gas liquids and U.S. shale production would become more scarce, according to the IHS report. Ethane is used to make ethylene, which which is the main building block for plastics.
A worker at Valero Energy's refinery in Three Rivers, Texas, Oct. 12, 2012. (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.
A crowd gathers on the floor of the Offshore Technology Conference.

Dow Chemical at OTC: New technology is helping oil companies recycle all of that fracking waste water

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New technological advances have allowed oil companies to more easily convert drilling waste water to get reused in the oil patch, said Larry Ryan, president of Dow Chemical’s energy and water solutions business in an interview with Fuel Fix at the company’s booth at the Offshore Technology Conference.
(Photographer: Patrick Semansky/Bloomberg)

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.