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Ethylene Expansion Project Chevron Phillips Brings Expanded Ethylene Production Back On–Stream

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Chevron Phillips Chemical has completed its ethylene expansion project in Old Ocean, Texas. The company's Sweeny complex now has and additional tenth furnace to ethylene unit, adding another 200 million pounds production capacity.

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The Woodlands/Texas – “This represents the next increment of expansion to our ethylene business. We’re building toward the startup of the U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project in 2017 and supporting incremental growth of our olefins derivative businesses,” said Dave Smith, olefins & natural gas liquids vice president for Chevron Phillips Chemical. The company's US Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project includes the construction of an ethane cracker at the company’s Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas and two polyethylene units in Old Ocean, Texas near the Sweeny complex.

Sweeny is one of the world’s largest single-site ethylene facilities and is now capable of producing roughly 12 million pounds of ethylene per day, or 4.3 billion pounds annually. Construction of the additional process facilities began in 2013.

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