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Bayport Polymers to double polyethylene capacity

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Bayport Polymers LLC – a 50/50 joint venture (JV) owned by Total S.A. and Novealis Holdings LLC, itself a joint venture of Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals Inc. – has announced the final investment decision (FID) to build a 625 000 tpy polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas, US.

Bayport Polymers to double polyethylene capacity

The new unit will use Borstar® technology and more than double the site’s polyethylene capacity to 1.1 million tpy with a start-up scheduled in 2021. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the new unit has been awarded to McDermott and is expected to employ 1750 staff during peak activity.

Formed in May 2018, Bayport Polymers is currently building a 1 million tpy steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. This cracker will process ethane, which will supply Bayport polyethylene units.

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