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Circular economy: Getting in the door of opportunity ahead of a vanishing polymer market
Bjacek, P., Accenture

Significant change is coming to the hydrocarbons industry. Up to 43% of the global conventional polymer production expected by 2040 may disappear due to circular economy (CE) initiatives. In addition, due to the growth in wind turbines and solar panels, and in lightweight composite materials in cars and planes, advanced materials waste is just beginning.

Roundtable: The skills gap: How to bridge it and how to close it
Marx, J., Airswift; Stuart, J., Lloyd's Register; Peet, H., Energy Jobline

The skills gap is not a new phenomenon for the oil and gas sector. An aging workforce and increased competition for tomorrow’s technical talent have left the industry nervous about its future. On the heels of the 2019 Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), a panel of experts came together to discuss the sector’s ongoing struggle with the skills gap and what oil and gas/energy companies can do about it.

Case study: Heat exchanger tube rupture and its impact on metal embrittlement
Dingankar, S., Mahulkar, S., Reliance Industries Ltd.; Schutt, M., Mahalingam, S., TechnipFMC; Banerjee, S., Technip India Ltd.

Process engineers strive to recover as much energy as is practically possible from the available process and utility streams within the constraint of the plant. To achieve this goal, traditional—and sometimes non-traditional—methods are utilized. In a steam cracker, light olefins are considered the highest-value products, and utilizing “cold energy,”

Editorial Comment: Processing a sustainable future
Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An emerging topic along the entire oil and gas value chain is the move toward sustainability. Each company has a somewhat different definition of what sustainability means to its operations.

Business Trends: EPC 2030: Five vital characteristics that will define the EPC firm of tomorrow
Donnelly, P., AspenTech

The state of the global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry can accurately be described as “challenging.” Operating in an environment of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions, EPC firms are facing unsustainable levels of stress.

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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Project: Polyethylene & Polypropylene
Location: Point Comfort, TX
Operator: Formosa Plastics
Cost: Not Yet Announced
Capacity: 400,000 tpy
Completion date: 2020
Status: Construction
Project: Refinery Rehab
Location: Ndala, Zambia
Operator: Indeni Refinery
Cost: $500MM
Capacity: 50,000 bpd
Completion date: 2022
Status: Planning
Project: Specialty Fluids
Location: Bayport, Texas
Operator: Total Specialty Fluids
Cost: 100MM
Capacity: 250,000 tpy
Completion date: 2016
Status: Operational
Project: Sebastopol Refinery
Location: Cartegena, Columbia
Operator: Sebastopol
Cost: $5 Billion
Capacity: 150,000 bpd
Completion date: 2023
Status: Engineering