Oil and chemical spills from Hurricane Harvey big, but dwarfed by Katrina

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) — More than 22,000 bbl of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the US Coast Guard shows.

CNPC, Eni sign new cooperation agreement

ROME — China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Eni signed cooperation agreement in order to cooperate in oil & gas exploration and production, gas and LNG value chain opportunities, trading and logistics opportunities, refining and petrochemicals. The partnership will regard both China and overseas activities.

GE awards INEOS for water technology at Scottish petchem plant

TREVOSE, PA. — GE Water & Process Technologies has honored INEOS with its prestigious Ecomagination Leadership and Return on Environment (ROE) awards to recognize the petrochemical manufacturer for its noteworthy reductions in water usage and associated costs savings on its KG ethylene plant at its petrochemical complex in Grangemouth, Scotland.

China's plastic demand to rise as foreign garbage ban to curb recycled supply

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — China's already soaring plastic demand may rise even further as the government plans to ban waste-plastic imports by the end of this year, which will curb domestic plastic recycling.

PTTGC announces $4 B 5-yr investment plan for eastern Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) — PTT Global Chemical Pcl, Thailand’s largest petrochemical producer, on Tuesday announced a $4 B investment plan over the next 5 yr in an industrial development on the eastern seaboard.

CB&I announces technology award for petchem plant in China

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — CB&I announced it has been awarded a contract by Xuzhou HaiDing Chemical Technology Co. Ltd. for the license and engineering design of a grassroots propane dehydrogenation unit to be built in Pizhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

EPA says no volatile chemicals found in water near Arkema plant in Texas

(Reuters) — Water samples collected after an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas caught fire following a power outage due to Tropical Storm Harvey contained no volatile chemicals, the US Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

Industry Metrics

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

US margins recorded solid gains as crack spreads for all products increased due to healthy domestic demand.

Business Trends: The state of the global refining sector

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past few years, the world has witnessed significant downstream capacity growth in all sectors of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Upgrade the ALARP model as a holistic approach to project risk and decision management

Benintendi, R., De Mare, G., University of Salerno

The ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) model was developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive to establish and justify risk acceptability limits.