Chevron Phillips to increase olefin capacity

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has completed its study to expand normal alpha olefin capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Tex., and has received approval to proceed with detailed engineering, design, and procurement of long-lead equipment.

The company will seek final project approval in first-quarter 2014, with construction slated to begin later that quarter. The project would be completed in second-quarter 2015.

Chevron Phillips announced earlier in the year that it already let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for a 1.5 million tonne/year ethane cracker at Cedar Bayou (OGJ Online, Oct. 4, 2013).

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