Anne K. RhodesRefining/Petrochemical Editor Despite downsizing of the petroleum industry's processing sector, engineering and construction (E&C) contractors have moved into an upswing, especially in petrochemicals. Contractors' worldwide backlogs are increasing, and grassroots construction of refineries and petrochemical plants is common in many parts of the globe. The U.S. is absent from the list of world grassroots refinery construction projects. Plans to build the first such project in the U.S. in the past 20 years collapsed early this year, largely because of high costs (OGJ, Jan. 23, p. 67). Else...

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