Shortage of skilled personnel tops refining industry concerns

03/26/2007
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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