Intratec IC Index Reveals Trends on Chemical Plant Construction Costs

Latest IC Index forecasts a long-term increase in construction costs despite the decrease in steel prices.

Houston, TX, June 24, 2012 --( In its most recent update, IC Index, Intratec's free online chemical plant construction cost index, extends its projections to May-2013, demonstrating an expected increase in relation to the same period of the former year. The index growth is spurred mostly by energy prices.

From May 2011 to May 2012, IC Index has grown 0.9%. Steel prices and inflation rates increased during the same period; nonetheless, a drop of the energy prices was observed.

During the period of April 2012 to May 2012, IC index also verified a 0.9% rise, leading to its highest value since September 2008, when IC Index started descending from its historical peak.

The forecast for May-2013 IC Index presents an increase of 4.1%. Energy prices and the inflation ratio are projected to corroborate this scenario, although steel prices tend to decrease.

IC Index stands for Intratec chemical plant construction cost index, a handy tool employed, e.g., to scale capital costs, in when-to-buy decisions, procurement budgeting and rate of return analysis. It is suitable for engineers and decision-makers, as well as for university students. “IC Index users will not face such things as limited access, trials or hidden charges of any kind. It is truly a free tool,” points out Mr. Felipe Tavares, CEO of Intratec.

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