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Business Trends: Human reliability—a disruptive innovation

Snider, B., Small Hammer Inc.

Annual bottom-line losses due to equipment failures total more than $100 MM at major refineries and petrochemical complexes. Corporate executives charge plant personnel with improving the reliability of the facility.

Prevent human-created hazards with improved job safety analysis

Sawyer, M., Jayawardena, P., Apex Safety Consultants

Safety incidents have occurred since the beginning of time. If a “hunter-gatherer” failed to return at the end of a day, the remaining group members took it in stride.

Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

NELIGH, Nebraska (Reuters) -- When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed."

PetroChina's head of crude oil trading resigns, replaced by deputy

BEIJING (Reuters) -- The head of crude oil trading at Chinese state energy giant PetroChina has resigned after 20 years with the company, a rare departure from a state-owned enterprise known for retaining talent in the midst of rapid expansion.

Indonesia picks plantations firm head as Pertamina CEO

JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesia has chosen Elia Massa Manik, head of the state holding company for the plantations industry, as the new chief executive of state energy firm Pertamina sources said on Wednesday.

Viewpoint: Three ways to protect the future of your workforce

Sathe, S., RiseSmart

With job cuts numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the oil and gas industry has been hard-hit by the massive drop in prices. While no immediate end to the crisis is in sight, there are signs that prices—and hiring—may pick up again later this year.

Wood Group appoints new senior leadership in downstream

HOUSTON – Wood Group has appointed two senior managers to lead Downstream operations in the western region. Troy Norvell assumes leadership of The Infinity Group, which was acquired by Wood Group in December 2015. Bo Stanley will lead Wood Group’s chemical, petrochemical, refinery and industrial activities.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions taps its COO to lead company

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Philadelphia Energy Solutions has tapped chief operating officer Gregory Gatta as its next chief executive officer, the refining company said on Wednesday.

Improve plant work processes with enhanced alarm response programs

Millinger, G., MAVERICK Technologies

One of the unfortunate realities of automation in process industries is the stubborn inability to improve on the weakest link of the chain: human beings.

Viewpoint: Reshaping the industry toward innovation, certainty and efficiency

Brittain, J., Fluor

It is no secret that capital costs of major projects have skyrocketed over the past decade. A July 2015 industry report noted that the average megaproject’s cost increase is 80% of its original value, with an average schedule slippage of 20 months.