International: The Petrochemical Boom - Past and Present

Speaker: Barbara Shook
Speaker Barbara Shook
Barbara Shook is senior reporter-at-large at Energy Intelligence, having served for many years as Houston Bureau Chief. She reports on issues pertaining to global natural gas, including shale gas, LNG and natural gas-to-liquids conversion, as well as OPEC and corporate energy news. Prior to joining Energy Intelligence, she spent more ...

Barbara Shook is senior reporter-at-large at Energy Intelligence, having served for many years as Houston Bureau Chief. She reports on issues pertaining to global natural gas, including shale gas, LNG and natural gas-to-liquids conversion, as well as OPEC and corporate energy news. Prior to joining Energy Intelligence, she spent more than two decades reporting on energy for Petroleum Management, the Houston Chronicle, Natural Gas Intelligence, and Gas Daily.


 


In her lengthy career reporting on the Energy Industry, Barbara has received many awards for her journalism, including the Texas Railroad Commission’s Billy G. Thompson Award as the outstanding energy journalist in Texas, the Award of Journalism Excellence from the International Association for Energy Economics, and the Frank Frazer Award for Journalism Excellence from the Offshore Technology Conference.


 


Barbara is a former director of the Society of Professional Journalists Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Houston.

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The ongoing American shale gas revolution has sparked a construction boom as the petrochemical industry looks to takes advantage of the inexpensive feed stock. Chemical companies have committed billions to project in the Gulf Coast and the Marcellus Shale regions.

 

For Barbara Shook, these industry developments are reminiscent of another U.S. petrochemicals boom. She recalls the furious construction of the early 1950’s, when bountiful NGL from the East Texas Oil Field and rulings made by the Texas Railroad Commission to limit the flaring of casinghead gas, spurred the growth of new petrochemicals plants in Texas.

 

At this International Study Group Luncheon, Barbara will share her memories from the nascency of Texas’s petrochemical industry, compare those early days to the recent developments, and discuss the impact the U.S. petrochemical boom will have on the global industry.

Organizer SPE-GCS International Study Group
The International Study Group's mission is to provide a forum for the Houston area SPE membership to share information on business practices and considerations, projects, and technological applications significant to the worldwide oil and gas industry. The ISG will collaborate with other Gulf Coast Section study groups to ensure maximum ...

The International Study Group's mission is to provide a forum for the Houston area SPE membership to share information on business practices and considerations, projects, and technological applications significant to the worldwide oil and gas industry. The ISG will collaborate with other Gulf Coast Section study groups to ensure maximum value to the section, which is located in one of the leading international centers for the industry.


For additional information regarding this event, please contact:


SPE-GCS ISG Arrangements Chair: Terry Thoem at 832-722-4161 or tlt72@flash.net


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SPE-GCS ISG Programs Chair: Mark Sokolow at 281-286-9749 or mark@mtsokolow-attorney.com

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When?

Wed, Nov. 19, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Where?

The Petroleum Club of Houston
800 Bell; 43rd floor
Houston, TX 77002
United States

The Discovery Room at the Petroleum Club, The ExxonMobil Building, 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor

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