February 2013


HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: 2013 global construction outlook

The downstream industry is investing billions of dollars in the development and construction of grassroots facilities, along with expansions and upgrades to existing plants.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s HPI Market Data 2013, total capital spending is estimated to exceed $57 billion (B) in 2013. This amount includes investments in the development and construction of grassroots facilities, along with upgrades to existing HPI facilities to meet growing global demand. The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that global oil demand will reach 95.7 million barrels per day (MMbpd) by 2017. Over the same time frame, global refining capacity could rise to 100 MMbpd. With so much construction activity forecast around the world, there are several major construction trends and regions to watch. This month’s column discusses a number of these t

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