Chevron advances US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has broken ground on two 500,000-tonne/year (tpy) polyethylene (PE) plants in Old Ocean, Tex., initiating a second phase of its US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project.

A groundbreaking ceremony held on June 17 marked the start of construction for the PE units, which will include the installation of an on-site, 45-mile railroad track to hold and transport production from the units, CPCC said.

Gulf Coast Partners—a partnership of Technip USA Inc. and Zachry Industrial Inc.—is executing engineering, procurement, and construction for the PE units, the company said.

CPCC began construction on the first phase of the Texas Gulf coast petrochemicals project with an April groundbreaking for a 1.5-million tpy ethane cracker at its existing Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Tex. (OGJ Online, Apr. 8, 2014).

First announced in March 2011 (OGJ Online, Mar. 29, 2011), the US Gulf Coast project was sparked by increased shale resource development (OGJ Online, Nov. 20, 2013; May 2, 2012).

The estimated completion date for the project is in 2017, to the company said.

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