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April 1st, 2017


Five minutes with Benoît Labre, MD, Flexitallic

Interview with Benoît Labre, managing director, Flexitallic LLC.

Comment: Smart approach in investment planning

Smart approach to investment planning and project implementation are very important in the refining and petrochemical manufacturing business, opine RPME's monthly columnists Colin Chapman and Ekaterina Kalinenko.

Oleo sponge soaks up oil spills from water column

Argonne National Laboratory invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil; could revolutionise oil spill and diesel clean-up, reveals Louise Lerner, lab science writer and editor of Argonne Now, the lab's semi-annual science magazine.

Projects in the Middle East: The cost competition

The real challenge faced by the EPC companies in the Middle East is the cost competition since there are only limited number of large-scale projects in the region and all the major global players are there from around the world.

Interview: Driving investments into downstream

Jim Moshi emphasises his belief that the world will continue to rely on hydrocarbons for centuries, not just as a fuel, but as a source of petrochemicals for millions of products that will enable a higher standard of living.

Data: The first global energy talent index

The largest energy recruitment trends report reveals expectation gap between hiring managers and jobseekers.

Plastics sector: Reshaping the material's economy

The plastic industry in the GCC is one of the most dynamic and vibrant growth sectors in the region's manufacturing landscape, opines Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

Comment: $300bn chemical M&A deals in pipeline

A surge of mega deals is approaching and will accelerate the 'merger endgame' in multiple chemical markets.

Editor's Comment: The emerging trends

The most important finding in the GPCA report is that the petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region grew at 3.7 percent in 2016, outpacing the global average growth of 2.2 percent.

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