Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has successfully introduced feedstock and commenced operations of a new ethane cracker at its Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas, US. At peak production, the unit will produce 1.5 million tpy and it will be one of the largest and most energy efficient crackers. In September 2017, the company announced the successful commissioning and start-up of two new Marlex® polyethylene units in Old Ocean, Texas, based on the company’s proprietary MarTech® technologies. Together, these assets form the bulk of the company’s US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project (USGCPP), which was first announced in 2011.
?Ethylene produced by the new ethane cracker at Cedar Bayou will be used to meet the needs of the company’s derivative units, including the two new polyethylene units at Old Ocean, which are capable of producing a wide variety of products – ranging from metallocene linear low-density polyethylene to Advanced Dual Loop bimodal polyethylene resins. These resins are turned into consumer and industrial products, such as polyethylene pipe for water distribution and natural gas transport.
In addition, the ethylene will feed the company’s AlphaPlus® normal alpha olefins plants which are used extensively for polyethylene comonomers, plasticisers, synthetic motor oils, lubricants, automotive additives, surfactants, paper sizing, and in a wide range of other specialty applications.
At peak construction, the USGCPP employed approximately 10 000 construction workers. Combined, it has generated 400 additional permanent jobs.
“Construction of these world-scale assets has been ongoing since 2014 and today, we are entering a new era of growth,” said Mark Lashier, president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical. “With global demand for ethylene and polyethylene poised for sustained long-term growth, the USGCPP will allow Chevron Phillips Chemical to deliver high-quality products to our customers across the country and around the globe.”
“Born from the shale revolution that is providing low-cost feedstock, the USGCPP is the most transformational project in the history of our company,” continued Lashier. “Our company and our growing employee base, the communities we call home, and the entire Gulf Coast region’s economy will benefit for decades to come as our project comes to life.”
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