Exxon Mobil announced that a new 1.5 million ton-per-year ethane cracker at its Baytown, Texas complex is mechanically complete with commissioning progressing well. Project startup is expected during the second quarter of 2018.
Houston/USA — The new ethane cracker, part of the company’s multi-billion dollar Baytown chemical expansion project, will provide ethylene feedstock to the new performance polyethylene lines in Mont Belvieu, which began production in the fall of 2017.
The Baytown chemical expansion project is a key component of the oil company’s previously announced Growing the Gulf initiative. In addition to the ethane cracker in Baytown, Exxon Mobil and Sabic are proposing to build a jointly owned petrochemical complex in San Patricio County, Texas, that would include a 1.8 million ton-per-year ethane cracker, which supposedly is the largest capacity of any ethane cracker built to date. Most of the planned new chemical capacity investment in the Gulf region is focused on supplying export markets such as Asia with high-demand products.