Thinnes, Billy

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

HP Impact: A radically different transport sector by 2050

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The World Energy Council (WEC) expects that transport fuel demand in the next 40 years will come mainly from developing countries such as China and India, where demand will grow by 200% to 300%. In co..

HP Impact: China dominates the nylon engineering plastics market

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Growing demand for durable goods, and the production of those goods in Asia and China, in particular, means that, through 2016, Northeast Asia will continue to be the largest consumer of nylon enginee..

HP Impact: New policies needed to scale up renewable energy

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Governments should consider the scaling up of renewable energy as part of economic development strategy, rather than as an environmental strategy with the secondary benefits of job creation. This is o..

HP Impact: Bioplastics demand to exceed 1 million metric tons in 2015

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to over 1 million metric tons in 2015, valued at $2.9 billion. Gains will be fueled by a number of factors, including consu..

HP Impact: Cloudy outlook

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The North American energy industry faces a generally stable operating environment although ongoing sovereign and economic concerns are risks in 2012, according to energy sector outlook reports from cr..

HP Associations: Making safety second nature

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Most folks don’t know it, but the epicenter for high-level downstream refining safety discussions during late October was in the land where the Aggie roams freely. That would, of course, be Colle..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BP fined $50 millionBP has agreed to pay $50 million to the state of Texas to resolve air pollution allegations related to the March 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery, according to a statement..

HP Impact: US investment in GHG mitigation technologies

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to a study conducted by T2 and Associates on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, North American investments in greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigating technologies are estimated to have tota..

HP Impact: US welding equipment demand to exceed $7 billion

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Demand in the US for welding equipment and consumables is forecast to increase 6.4% annually to $7.1 billion in 2015 (Table 1). Gains will be driven by continued recovery from the economic recession e..

HP Impact: Saudi petrochemical executives host meeting with senior Chinese official

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Officials with petrochemical major Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) hosted senior Chinese official He Lifeng (vice party secretary of the Tianjin city government) in early November at its headquar..