USA: Engineering Chevron Phillips Chemical to Construct New C3 Splitter Unit for Expanding Propylene Business
With an expected capacity of 1 billion lbs. per year, the new C3 splitter unit will be built in Baytown, Texas, USA. The unit will help convert a refinery grade mixture of propylene and propane into a high purity propylene product.
Texas/USA – Chevron Phillips Chemical recently announced its plans to expand its propylene business with a final investment decision for a new C3 splitter unit. The unit’s location will be in Baytown, Texas, USA within the company’s Cedar Bayou facility. Its expected capacity is 1 billion lbs./year with targeted start up in 2023. The company chose S&B Engineers and Constructors to engineer, procure and build the project. Site construction activities will commence in January 2022. At its peak, the project anticipates supporting 350-plus new construction jobs.
The C3 splitter will convert a refinery grade mixture of propylene and propane into a high purity propylene product. Propylene is essential to the production of key building blocks for many household and industrial applications, including polypropylene, propylene oxide and acrylonitrile. These chemicals are also used in the production of plastics for several packaging applications and durable consumer products. Polypropylene is also central to the manufacturing of plastic parts for various industries including the automotive sector.
Chevron Phillips Chemical currently operates C3 splitter units at its Cedar Bayou, Port Arthur and Sweeny, Clemens and Old Ocean facilities in Texas. The new unit will provide additional flexibility and production to meet anticipated demand from the company’s growing customer base, while establishing room for future growth.