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A day in the shale play

PREVIEW Shale resource exploitation is already having a massive impact on the world energy sector but there is every chance that it will do the same for the petrochemicals industry, changing trade patterns in the process. A one-day seminar to be held alongside the upcoming chemical tanker conference will expand on that promise

Leslie McCune at the GPCA conference

Away from it all

Conference report RIPA and IPANA have hit upon a successful meeting formula that brings leaders of the two groups together each year in a relaxing and collegial atmosphere. Paul Rankin* reports from California

RIPA Conference 2013 raffle time

Shale and hearty

CONFERENCE REPORT Logistics-related events in northern Europe most often take place in the major ports of Rotterdam or Antwerp. TankBank, as ever, broke that mould by arranging its T10 networking event in the port of Ghent

Ghent city

On the cusp

MARKET Europe’s storage market is ticking along nicely, in spite of adverse macroeconomic conditions across the continent. Meanwhile, terminal operators are waiting to see what the shale revolution in the US will bring to their business

Noord Natie Odfjell Terminals

Regime change

SHALE The European petrochemical industry is being tempted west by the cost benefits offered by the US ‘shale revolution’. In ten years’ time, the global chemical manufacturing business will have a very different face

Shale production in process

Reborn in the USA

MARKETS Jeffrey Currie, global head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs, delivered a keynote speech evangelising the shale revolution and its impact on the US economy at this year’s ILTA show

Terminal in Cheniere overlooking channel

Martyrs to shale

RAIL It was perhaps inevitable that the rapid increase in the use of rail transport to move crude oil from North America’s new shale oil fields to coastal refineries would lead to a rise in the number of accidents. The 50 people killed at Lac-Mégantic last month are a sobering reminder of the risks

Rail tanks on fire at night
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