January 2006

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HPIn Europe: Fat margins, large pay rises and a small cliché

In my November column, I asked if the good times will keep on rolling. And since then, they have. From what I could learn at the European Refining Technology Conference in Vienna, there's a year or tw..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In my November column, I asked if the good times will keep on rolling. And since then, they have. From what I could learn at the European Refining Technology Conference in Vienna, there's a year or two of outstanding margins ahead for complex refiners running sour crudes. And, if you're a process engineer, it looks like you're in for a pay rise to boot. Amid robust and open optimism about the industry, a little spice was added to life in the exhibitor booths in Vienna. People were being offered jobs. A German headhunter was stalking the aisles and, for the first time at the ERTC, an entire suite was given over to teasing European engineers away from their current employers. "One of our guy

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