ExxonMobil Chemical Company has announced that it has started construction of a multi billion dollar ethane cracker at its Baytown, Texas, complex and associated premium product facilities in nearby Mont Belvieu. This project, and other major investments ExxonMobil has made to develop oil and natural gas resources in the US, including the merger with XTOEnergy, demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to American economic growth and job creation.
The expansion project
The steam cracker will have a capacity of up to 1.5 million tpy and provide ethylene feedstock for downstream chemical processing, including processing at two new 650 000 tpy high performance polyethylene lines at the company’s Mont Belvieu plastics plant.
The project is set to employ approximately 10 000 construction workers, create 4000 related jobs in nearby communities and add 350 permanent positions at the Baytown complex. It is expected to increase regional economic activity by roughly US$ 870 million /y and generate more than US$ 90 million /y in additional tax revenues for local communities.
Contracts for construction have already been awarded and will begin immediately. Contracts to construct olefins recovery units have been awarded to Linde Engineering North America Inc. and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Inc. Olefins furnaces are to be built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipping Co, Ltd and Heurtey Petrochem SA. Jacobs Engineering, Ltd. will overseen enabling works and interconnections.
Steve Pryor, President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company said, ‘the project is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of US natural gas for energy and chemical feedstock. Shale development has provided US chemical producers a double benefit as an energy sources and as a key raw material to make plastics and other essential products, creating jobs and economic activity across the value chain.’
Pryor continued, ‘this expansion will provide many great opportunities for workers with technical skills who are interested in energy and chemical manufacturing. These are high paying jobs that lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers in an industry that’s vital to the American economy.’
Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd
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