Chevron Phillips Chemical announced that its world-scale ethane cracker at Cedar Bayou in Baytown, Texas successfully achieved mechanical completion. The unit is now undergoing a series of commissioning activities, system checks and final certifications prior to the start-up.
San Ramon/USA — Once operational, the unit is expected to produce at least 1.5 million metric tons of product annually. At peak construction, approximately 5,000 workers were employed on this project.
The new ethane cracker will produce product for the company's ethylene business and feedstock for its ethylene derivatives businesses. The polyethylene (PE) fleet now includes the two new PE units at Old Ocean, Texas, which were also part of the US Gulf Coast petrochemical project. These units started up in September 2017 and play a critical role in the company's strategic expansion. These units can produce a wide variety of polyethylene resins ranging from metallocene LLDPE film to bi-modal film and pipe products.
In addition to the cracker and PE units, the company has purchased nearly 3,000 newly built rail cars and constructed a storage-in-transition facility to ship polyethylene via rail to customers both domestically and to ports for export around the globe.
"With the mechanical completion of Cedar Bayou's ethane cracker, we are now on the cusp of completing the most transformative project in our company's history, or US Gulf petrochemical project," said Mark Lashier, president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical.