USA: Final Investment Decision Bayport Polymers Announces to Double Polyethylene Production

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Bayport Polymers, a 50/50 joint venture of Total, Borealis and Nova Chemicals, announced the final investment decision to build a 625,000-ton-per-year polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas.

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Bayport Polymers is going to double its Polyethylene capacity.
Bayport Polymers is going to double its Polyethylene capacity.
(Source: Borealis)

Paris/France — The new unit will use Borstar technology and more than double the site’s polyethylene capacity to 1.1 Mt/y with a start-up scheduled in 2021. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new unit has been awarded to McDermott and is expected to employ 1,750 staff during peak activity.

Formed in May 2018, Bayport Polymers is currently building a 1-million-tonne per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. This cracker will process ethane and will supply Bayport polyethylene units.

According to Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals of Total, the project is in line with the company's strategy to develop petrochemicals at their major integrated complexes and leverage competitively priced feedstocks. He considers it as another step to strengthen their position in the United States, where the company has more than 5,000 employees and where they operate one of their 6 world largest integrated platforms in Port Arthur, Texas.

The JV combines a 400,000-ton-per-year polyethylene plant previously owned by Total in Bayport, Texas, with the Borealis proprietary Borstar technology and Nova Chemicals’ customer and technical expertise in polyethylene to deliver a broad range of products for the plastics industry. It also includes an ethane-based steam cracker with a capacity of 1 million tons per year — currently under construction in Port Arthur, Texas — and a new 625,000-ton-per-year Borstar polyethylene unit to be built in Bayport, Texas.