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New polyethylene units operating in Texas

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC has successfully completed commissioning and begun start-up of its new polyethylene units in Old Ocean, Texas, US. Each unit will produce up to 500 000 tpy to service the ever-increasing global demand for polyethylene. These units can produce a wide variety of polyethylene resin, from metallocene LLDPE film to bi-modal film and pipe products, displaying the wide capability of Chevron Phillips Chemical’s MarTech® technology.

“In 2011, Chevron Phillips Chemical was the first to announce a leading-edge US$6 billion petrochemicals project to take advantage of the newfound shale gas resources in the US and I am thrilled we are completing the first phase of this project,” said Mark Lashier, President and CEO of the company.

Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Marlex® polyethylene resin, which is produced at Old Ocean, will be delivered to customers in North America and to strategic transloading facilities across the US for export to all regions of the world, supporting the dynamic growth seen around the globe by the company and its many MarTech licensees.

“Abundant shale gas resources are fueling an economic revival that extends across the US and supports economic growth around the globe. Chevron Phillips Chemical is proud to be a leading contributor to the nation’s growing workforce and strengthening economy,” Lashier noted.

At peak construction, the US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project employed approximately 10 000 contractors devoted to completing not just the polyethylene units in Old Ocean, but also a new world scale ethane cracker being built at the company’s existing facilities in Baytown, Texas. The Baytown facility recently experienced flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Chevron Phillips Chemical currently expects to complete construction and begin commissioning the ethane cracker by 1Q18, with a transition to full production during 2Q18.

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