Rice Global E&C Forum
Rice Global E&C Forum

Welcome to the Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum

The Rice Global E & C Forum is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry. The Rice Global E&C Forum (RGF) has a vision to be the premier venue for discussion of critical issues impacting the future of the global E & C industry.

The mission of the RGF Council is to accomplish its vision through collaboration with Rice University, by conducting an Annual Forum and holding monthly roundtable meetings within a neutral environment.

Join us for a Discussion – Upcoming Roundtable Meeting

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

“U.S. and Canada Chemical Industry Outlook, by Industrial Info Resources, Inc.”

The chemical processing industry of the United States has been in a consistent growth pattern since the exit from the last recession, with overall spending exceeding historical milestones for each of the past five years. Most of this growth is related to an abundant and long-term supply of inexpensive natural gas (n/g) and natural gas liquids (NGLs). These commodities have quickly become the primary feedstock for much of the petrochemical industry in the United States and Canada, displacing naphtha as the feedstock of choice.

Some of the first influences of cheap natural gas on the chemical industry were witnessed in 2013, when construction began on several million tons of new ammonia capacity in response to future n/g prices that were almost flat. Soon after in 2014, cheap NGLs promoted the start of construction for multiple ethane crackers in Texas to produce world-scale quantities of ethylene.

The cost advantages of low gas prices available to producers in the U.S. continue to keep overall investments in the chemical industry at an all-time high, sparking dozens of multibillion-dollar investments and attracting numerous foreign companies to invest in the United States for the first time. Even after more than five years of elevated spending in the chemical industry, new and even bigger projects continue to be announced and confirmed.

Industrial Info is currently tracking more than 2,800 capital and maintenance projects planned or underway in the United States and Canada with an investment total exceeding $161 billion. In this market outlook we will share details of what we are tracking, the outlook for spending through 2019 and more.

Speaker: Trey Hamblet, Global Vice President of Research, Industrial Info Resources, Inc.

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Career Opportunities with Member Companies

Interested in exploring employment with a Forum member company? Visit http://www.forum.rice.edu/membership/careers/ to view current opportunities.

Become A Member

The Rice Global E&C Forum would not be what it is today if it were not for its members. Learn how you can become actively involved in our Forum by visiting our membership information page or contact us at globalforum@rice.edu.

Join us now for 2018. Our membership year runs from January 1 – December 31.

We thank our members for enabling the Forum Board of Directors to establish and maintain a continuous dialogue on current and future issues related to the benefit of the Engineering and Construction industry. Our membership directory is available for your review.

Need a Student Intern?

Contact our University Liaison at satish.nagarajaiah@rice.edu.

Monthly Roundtables

June 8, 2018
July 13, 2018
August 10, 2018
September 14, 2018
October 12, 2018
December 14, 2018

Annual Forum XXI

November 12-13, 2018

Roundtable Meeting Location

Grand Hall in the Ley Student Center at Rice University


11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration & Networking

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Program

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Additional networking


$25 for online registration; $35 for on-site registration includes a boxed lunch; park at the Central Campus Garage or in West Lot.

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