Shortage of skilled personnel tops refining industry concerns

The global refining industry faces huge challenges in keeping up with rising demand for petroleum products in the years to come.The core issue of refinery maintenance and reliability-already a pressing issue-will be complicated still further by the need to expand capacity in an environment of rising costs, personnel shortages, and ever-changing fuels specifications.Plans call for another 11.8 million b/d of crude capacity to be added to the world’s refining capacity before 2015, according to a study by Dallas-based consultants Turner, Mason & Co. Asia and the Middle East will account for 60% of that added capacity, with North America accounting for 30%. In addition, refiners wil...

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