Process petro chemical jobs
Base chemicals and petrochemicals are the foundation stones of North East England's economy generating £5bn per annum and employing around 14,000 people on Teesside. This region is a significant global location for this business activity and boasts the UK’s largest integrated petrochemical facility and the second largest in Europe. These industries take the basic raw materials of minerals, water, oil and gas and transform them into basic building blocks of the Process Industry such as Synthesis Gas, Ethylene, Hydrogen, Ammonia, Hydrocarbons, Petrochemicals and Fuels. Major companies in the region include BP, ConocoPhillips, SABIC, BOC, Huntsman, Petroplus, Dow, Ineos and SembCorp etc. The products produced by these companies underpin our modern lifestyles. They are used to make the materials that we as a society demand in our everyday lives; such as fuels for our homes and cars; polymers for constructing our homes, vehicles, clothes and furnishings; paints & coatings, electronic chemicals, agrochemicals, fertilizers, flavours, fragrance and pharmaceuticals. Indeed there is no part of our modern life that these materials do not touch.
This vast industrial sector is the UK's last remaining net exporter and contrary to popular perception the chemical industry is continuing to grow. March 2007 was the sector’s largest ever sales month, in terms of volume and price, with sales of around £70bn and our exports exceeding £32bn.
There are only a handful of locations in the world where these materials are made because such huge quantities are handled that there is a need for a significant infrastructure of power stations, pipelines, and storage & port facilities. Down-stream users of these materials such as polymer and fertilizer manufacturers co-locate with these industries in order to receive their raw materials directly through pipelines, leading to a clustering of specialist skills and resources that lead to the development of other process sectors.