ExxonMobil Chemical and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. are planning a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The jointly owned project marks SABIC’s first major effort to take advantage of U.S. shale gas feedstock.
SABIC already operates ethylene crackers and derivative plants alone and with partners in Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Asia. The proposed U.S. facility would include a 1.8 million metric-ton-per-year steam cracker—the world’s largest, the partners say—and downstream ethylene glycol and polyethylene plants. Sites in Louisiana and Texas are being considered...This brings to mind a recent question from the inbox:
I’ve been looking online for what jobs are available for B.S. Chemists at cracker plants and what they pay and I can’t really find anything.I talked with someone who has familiarity with the oil and gas industry, and this was their speculation:
Depending on the company, I'd think they should be paying in the $35K (low) to about $50K(high) range, experience, location and largeness of the company dependent. ExxonMobile will probably pay more than Bob's Distillation Column, Inc.
They may train [them] in operations or formulation in pilot plant operations...So, readers, your thoughts on where a B.S.-level chemist can work at a cracker plant? There's definitely room for them in the lab (they have testing labs, I presume), but there's also probably work for them in the plant (although it will probably be more of an engineering path.)