November 2015

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HP Petrochemicals: US downstream labor shortage extends to Appalachia projects

The downstream labor crunch that has plagued the numerous petrochemical projects along the US Gulf Coast appears to be claiming another victim.

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The downstream labor crunch that has plagued the numerous petrochemical projects along the US Gulf Coast appears to be claiming another victim. This time, though, it is in a completely different region of the country—and it shows just how widespread the issue of craft labor could become. Just a few weeks ago, Appalachian Resins Inc. (AR) announced that it was putting its stated plans for a “less-than-world-scale” ethane cracker project in Monroe County, Ohio on hold. The company’s president, Bob Mifflin, explained the decision by stating that AR was not able to get ahead of the two other regional projects from a timing standpoint. The two other projects are world-scale ethane crackers prop

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