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ExxonMobil starts production on new polyethylene lines

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ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has commenced production on the first of two new 650 000 tpy high performance polyethylene lines at its plastics plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, US.

The project will increase the plant’s polyethylene capacity by approximately 1.3 million tpy.

The Mont Belvieu plant capacity will total more than 2.5 million tpy, making it one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world.

A significant portion of Mont Belvieu polyethylene will be exported from the Port of Houston in October 2017. At peak, the site will ship more than 200 containers per day.

Neil Chapman, President of ExxonMobil Chemical Co., said: “The expansion of our Mont Belvieu facility further enhances our ability to meet growing global demand for high performance polyethylene products around the world […] The investments we’re making through our Growing the Gulf initiative will not only expand our existing manufacturing and export capacity, but will further stimulate local economic growth and create thousands of full-time jobs.”

The project forms part of ExxonMobil’s multi-billion dollar expansion project in the Baytown area and the company’s broader ‘Growing the Gulf’ expansion initiative. The company is planning to invest more than US$20 billion over 10 years to build and expand manufacturing facilities in the US Gulf region. The expansion covers 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and LNG projects along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

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