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February 1, 2013
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  • UGI, AmeriGas see profits jump in Q1
    Propane distributor AmeriGas Partners has reported a significant increase in profit during its first fiscal quarter, rising from $42.5 million last year to $96.7 million this year. Meanwhile, international gas distributor UGI has reported an 18% increase in income during the same quarter, climbing to $102.6 million from $87 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue in the company's international propane segment increased by 28%, UGI reported. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fluor wins contract for propane dehydrogenation plant in Canada
    Fluor has agreed to provide engineering services to Williams for its planned propane dehydrogenation facility near Redwater, Alberta, which will transform propane from Williams' fractionation facility into polymer-grade propylene. The deal's financial terms were not disclosed. "Fluor is pleased to have been selected by Williams to provide preliminary engineering services for what would be Canada's first propane dehydrogenation facility," said Fluor's group president for energy and chemicals, Peter Oosterveer. Hydrocarbon Processing online (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Texas retailer helps rebuild home damaged by wildfire
    Sharp Propane took part in rebuilding a Texas home that was damaged by a wildfire last year by supplying propane for home heating and installing a tankless water heater. The project was for an episode of the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" that aired in December. "We're going to do those types of things not to get new customers, but because we want to," said Sharp Propane CEO Steve McKay. LPGasMagazine.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Sasol moving forward on La. petrochem project
    Sasol is working on engineering and regulatory requirements for its planned ethane cracker and integrated gas-to-liquids plant in Louisiana, said executive André de Ruyter. "We're engaging with any number of contractors on, first of all, front-end engineering and design, the engineering work, project management. We are talking to some of the gas suppliers. We're talking to some of the ethane suppliers. And thus far, the reaction has been very positive," he said. E&E TV (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IEA: Water use from energy production to double in 25 years
    Within 25 years, the amount of freshwater needed for energy production worldwide will double, led by coal, according to an International Energy Agency report. Another leader in future water consumption is biofuel production, but the industry hopes to change that. "It absolutely has been a major area of focus and research and development for the industry over the past decade. ... Not only is it a matter of sustainability; it's a matter of cost and economics," said Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. National Geographic News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Calif. regulator fines Chevron nearly $1M over refinery fire
    Chevron will pay close to $1 million for safety violations associated with a fire at the company's Richmond, Calif., refinery in 2012, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The company, which is facing 11 "willful serious" and 12 "serious" violations, opposes the regulator's findings and intends to appeal, a spokesman said. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Ariz. to Host Responders' Conference
    There will be a Propane Industry Responders' Conference in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 13 and 14 hosted by the Arizona Propane Gas Association and others. There is no registration fee for the conference but attendees are responsible for hotel and travel expenses. Visit the Arizona PGA website to view the agenda and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Council Meets Feb. 14 by Conference Call
    The Propane Education & Research Council will meet by conference call on Feb. 14. Get in touch with PERC's Anna Lombardo at 202-452-8975 to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • How leaders can be better sellers
    Every leader is a salesperson at heart, spending their days pitching ideas, deals and products to potential customers, employees, suppliers, corporate partners and the board, writes Daniel Pink. To carry out that role successfully, it pays to strike a balance between introversion and extroversion. The best bosses are those "who can talk smoothly but also listen keenly, who know when to turn on the charm but also when to turn it off, who combine the extrovert's assertiveness with the introvert's quiet confidence," Pink writes. The Washington Post (1/28), The Washington Post (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Could your team survive a "weather bomb"?
    In 1998, a small craft called the AFR Midnight Rambler defeated larger and better-equipped rivals to win the punishing Sydney to Hobart race. The boat's crew succeeded by heading straight into a storm that its rivals refused to face, and betting on their ability to recover swiftly and efficiently from anything nature threw at them, writes Dennis N. T. Perkins. "Successful teams are able to put the pieces back together and then calmly push as hard as they can," Perkins writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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