petrochemical

noun
pet·​ro·​chem·​i·​cal | \ˌpe-trō-ˈke-mi-kəl \

Definition of petrochemical 

: a chemical isolated or derived from petroleum or natural gas

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petrochemistry \ ˌpe-​trō-​ˈke-​mə-​strē \ noun

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Its clients include energy, manufacturing and petrochemical factories in the United States, Europe and Middle East. Ellen Nakashima And Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, "They’re on the lookout for malware that can kill," 27 Apr. 2018 The new Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, nicknamed CAMS, will pursue focus on scientific research and solutions to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling through the refining and petrochemical processes. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil, Chevron help form new methane emissions consortium," 25 June 2018 Now, Perry wants to add to that, bringing in U.S. pipeline developers to expand the play’s infrastructure and petrochemical companies to process the hydrocarbons once they’ve been moved out of the isolated shale fields. Jonathan Gilbert, Bloomberg.com, "Rick Perry Wants to Help Argentina Be More Like Texas," 16 June 2018 Mukesh retained control over refining, petrochemicals, oil and gas and textiles operations. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Plastics depend on petrochemicals for manufacturing, adding to greenhouse gases that are a primary cause of climate change. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks ditches straws, but our plastic addiction is much bigger," 10 July 2018 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 Much of the recent growth has occurred along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has emerged as the locus of global petrochemical production thanks to a steady supply of low-cost natural gas feedstocks from West Texas and elsewhere. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 The site is close to the Port of Houston and petrochemical complexes near Texas 225, Beltway 8, Texas 146 and Fairmont Parkway. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Crow Holdings Industrial starts spec development in Deer Park," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of petrochemical

1942, in the meaning defined above

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petrochemical

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English Language Learners Definition of petrochemical

: a chemical that is made from petroleum or natural gas

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