Central American nations beef up import infrastructure, fuel production amid demand shift

Nogarin, M., Contributing writer; Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

   Methanex’s methanol facility in Trinidad.

New projects decline, but backlog holds strong

Kulkarni, P., Gulf Publishing

Even after the recent downturn in oil and natural gas pricing, our analysis shows why downstream E&C companies can depend on a strong backlog to last through the decade.

Southeast Asia’s Singapore hub thrives as neighbors cope with growing demand for fuels, petrochemicals

Kulkarni, P., Gulf Publishing

   State oil company Petron’s Port Dickson refinery   in Malaysia (top) has a rated capacity of 88 Mbpd. Shell’s   refining and petrochemical complex at..

HP Petrochemicals: Higher international sales boost 2015 earnings above forecast for many chemical leaders

Martin, S., Contributing Editor

Raw materials costs continue to stay low in the US thanks to the shale boom, but the global decline in oil markets has eroded selling prices for many of the nation’s domestic chemicals and plastics producers.

IRPC ’15: New gas-to-aromatics technology offers huge potential — GTC

Ben DuBose, Hydrocarbon Processing

GTC executive Joseph Gentry explained that the latest GT-G2A technology is a novel means to convert natural gas to liquids using a methane coupling method of synthesis.

How Cr compounds discolor refractory brick walls of an ethylene cracking furnace

Al-Meshari, A., Saudi Basic Industriese Corp.; Maity, M., Al-Zahrani, E., SABIC Technology Centre

Unusual pink coloration was noticed on the entire refractory brick wall in the radiant section of an ethylene cracking furnace of a petrochemical plant. The problem was investigated by evaluating the ..

HP Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US commercial crude oil inventories are at elevated levels and are expected to increase. Lower crude oil prices have supported consumption in developed economies, removed budgetary constraints in emer..

HP Viewpoint: Methanex focuses on growth and expanding its operations across the globe

Floren, J., Methanex Corp.

As the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets, Methanex Corp. continues to focus on growing and expanding its operations across the globe. The most recen..

China, North America projected to drive rising chemicals M&A in 2015

The global survey of chemical executives and members of the M&A community showed that 60% of these chemicals executives see increased mergers and acquisitions in 2015, driven by portfolio restructuring and an overall focus on companies’ core businesses.

2015 Catalyst developments: Innovation and value creation

Hydrocarbon Processing invited major catalyst companies and industry consultants to share their insights regarding innovations and trends for new catalytic technologies.Challenges to be solved“As..