27 March 2007 22:01 [Source: ICIS news]
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Rick Brown, executive vice president at the Washington, DC-based NPRA, said members of the trade group and others among the 3,300 registered participants were “very happy with this year’s conference”.
He said the conference programme’s focus on global business, energy and environmental matters was very well received.
“And this was a very good business occasion,” he said. “This is, after all, a commercial meeting,” he said.
In addition to the paid registrants, an estimated 2,000 other industry representatives were in San Antonio to participate in corporate meetings on the fringes of the conference.
Brown said that among those attending the conference he found sentiment that 2007 will be a good year for the chemicals industry worldwide.
“There is some question about 2008 and 2009, however,” he said.
NPRA vice chairman Norm Phillips reflected that uncertainty about the out years. This is, he said, “an increasingly uncertain environment”.
Phillips, senior vice president at Lyondell Chemical, noted that as the rest of this year unfolds, “the 110th Congress will aggressively scrutinize energy policy and the
“Much-needed access to available natural gas reserves in the
Phillips also said that increased focus on environmental concerns, both in the
As the NPRA petrochemicals conference drew to a close on Tuesday, US producers were anticipating imminent release of new federal regulations governing anti-terrorism security measures at high-risk chemical plants.
Conference participants also expressed concern about the likely prospect that the new
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