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ExxonMobil begins engineering work on potential Gulf Coast polypropylene production expansion

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ExxonMobil has announced that it has started engineering work on a potential US Gulf Coast project to expand polypropylene manufacturing capacity by up to 450 000 tpy, to meet growing demand for high-performance, lightweight durable plastics. A final decision on the investment, anticipated to be several hundred million dollars, is expected later this year. Facility startup could come as early as 2021.

The new facility will produce polypropylene products which can be used in high performance automotive, appliance, and packaging applications. The potential project will create more than 600 jobs during peak construction and more than 60 permanent jobs when production starts.

“ExxonMobil is well positioned to take advantage of the growing global demand for higher-value products, in both North America and the high-growth Asia Pacific region,” said John Verity, President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “Abundant supplies of domestically produced oil and natural gas have reduced energy costs and created new sources of feedstock for US chemical manufacturing. Most of our planned investment in the Gulf Coast region is focused on supplying emerging markets like Asia with high-demand products, which ultimately will spur new economic growth locally.”

Such polypropylene materials reduce vehicle weight, which helps improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Modern plastics and polymer composites, which can replace steel in many applications, typically comprise about 50% of a new car’s volume but only 10% of its weight.

“Polypropylene delivers performance and sustainability benefits to produce a wide variety of consumer products,” said Cindy Shulman, ExxonMobil’s Vice President of plastics and resins. “It’s a versatile material providing high impact resistance and high stiffness to lightweight applications. It is safe, can be recycled and requires less energy to produce when compared with other plastics.”

This investment is one of 13 new facilities, including two steam crackers in the US, planned by the company to grow its chemical manufacturing capacity in North America and Asia Pacific by approximately 40%.

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