Gulf Coast refinery, petchem project integration nears milestone

The three main units of the steam cracker's gas plant section (from left, the demethanizer, ethylene splitter, and propylene splitter) are near the site of the Sabine Petrochemicals plant under construction. (Photo graph from BASF Corp., Mount Olive, NJ).Click here to enlarge imageCommissioning will be completed and commercial operation will begin this quarter in Port Arthur, Tex., at the world's largest single-train olefins plant. BASF Corp., Mount Olive, NJ, and Atofina Petrochemicals Inc., Houston, formed BASF Fina Petrochemicals LLP in November 1998 to build and operate the new liquids (naphtha) cracker and related facilities. BASF holds a 60% share and Atofina a 40% share i...

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