USA: Polyethylene Production Chevron Commissions Polyethylene Units in Texas
Chevron Phillips Chemical has completed commissioning and begun start-up of its new polyethylene units at Old Ocean, Texas. Each unit will produce up to 500,000 metric tons annually to service the demand for polyethylene.
The Woodlands/USA — These units can produce a wide variety of polyethylene resin from metallocene LLDPE film to bi-modal film and pipe products, displaying the wide capability of the company's proprietary Martech technology.
The company's Marlex polyethylene resin produced at Old Ocean will be delivered to customers in North America and to strategic transloading facilities across the United States for export to all regions of the world.
At peak construction, the US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project employed approximately 10,000 contractors devoted to completing not just the polyethylene units in Old Ocean, but also a new world scale ethane cracker being built at the company’s existing facilities in Baytown, Texas.
The Baytown facility recently experienced flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The company expects to complete construction and begin commissioning the ethane cracker by first quarter 2018 with a transition to full production during second quarter 2018.