Channelview Site Expansion Lyondell Basell Builds World’s Largest Propylene Oxide Plant

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Lyondell Basell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, plans to build a mega-size propylene oxide/tertiary butyl alcohol plant at its Channelview chemical park.

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Lyondell Basell's Channelvie production plant which the company plans to expand.
Lyondell Basell's Channelvie production plant which the company plans to expand.
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Irving, Texas/USA – The plant will be the world’s largest of its type and will be located at Lyondell Basell’s existing Channelview and Bayport Choate complexes in Texas. Fluor will be responsible for front-end engineering and design (FEED) at the 1 billion pound-per-year propylene oxide and a 2 billion pound-per-year tertiary butyl alcohol plant at the Channelview site, an ethers plant at the Bayport Choate site, as well as associated infrastructure. The products will be used in the production of polyols, high-octane gasoline components and other isobutylene derivatives.

“Fluor is bringing its proven integrated engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction solutions approach to support this world-scale project’s advancement,” said Jim Brittain, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Americas business line. “We will leverage our extensive US Gulf Coast chemicals experience and innovative global procurement and design approaches to develop a capital efficient solution for Lyondell Basell.” Front-end design activities are expected to be completed in 2016.

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